We suggest asking other parents to share their experiences. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is responsible for licensing child care centers. For licensing questions regarding Child Care Centers, call 651-431-6500.

The Child Care Licensing unit in each county is responsible for licensing family child care homes. Phone Numbers of County Licensing Divisions are listed below.

For licensing information about a particular provider, visit Licensing Information Lookup page at the Department of Human Services.

Call Licensing

Questions to Ask the Licensor

  • Have there been any complaints or negative action listed against the program?  If yes, what was the nature of the complaint(s)?
  • How long has the program been licensed?
  • When were background checks done?
  • Have the training requirements been completed?
  • How many children can the program have in its care?
  • Is there anything else you can tell me about this program?

For centers and preschool programs, call state licensing: 651-431-6500. For family child care homes, contact the county licensing agency in which the child care professional lives:

  • Blue Earth 507-304-4273
  • Brown  507-359-6576
  • Dodge  507-635-6170
  • Faribault 507-238-4757
  • Fillmore  507-765-2175
  • Freeborn 507-377-5511
  • Goodhue 651-385-3232
  • Houston  507-725-5811
  • Le Sueur 507-357-8288
  • Martin  507-238-4757
  • Mower  507-377-5511
  • Nicollet  507-386-4517
  • Olmsted  507-328-6400
  • Rice  507-332-6272
  • Sibley  507-237-4000
  • Steele  507-444-7500
  • Wabasha 651-565-3025
  • Waseca  507-837-5305
  • Watonwan 507-375-3294
  • Winona  507-457-6200