Child Care - How to become licensed

You've decided to open a day care business in your home, so what do you do next? In Sherburne County, the next step is to get licensed. In order to become licensed, you must do the following:

  1. Attend Orientation.  At that session you will be given general information about how to qualify for a license, what is expected of licensed providers, the food programs, fire inspections, and basic business and tax requirements. You will also get the forms and instructions necessary to apply for licensure. The Orientation session is free and there is no registration requirement - feel free to simply show up on the date you choose!

    Daycare Licensing Orientation Dates
    • Thursday, December 7th, 2017
    • Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
    • Thursday, March 29th, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
    • Thursday, July 19th, 2018
    • Friday, September 14th, 2018
    • Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
    • Thursday, December 27th, 2018

    Meetings are held from 9am – 12pm in the Maple Room at the Sherburne County Government Center, and you must stay for the entire session to meet this licensing requirement. No child care is provided, so please make other arrangements for your own children.  Please bring a writing utensil with you. 

    Directions to the Sherburne County Government Center  

  2. Obtain training.  Prior to becoming licensed for family child care, you will need to show proof of the following training:
    • Infant/Child CPR (American Red Cross or American Heart Association - no online CPR training is permitted)
    • First Aid (no online First Aid training is permitted)
    • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
    • Abusive Head Trauma
    • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance
    • Supervising for Safety
    • CARS, if transporting children under age 9
  3. To register for these trainings, please go to . For directions on how to use the Develop website, please see our Education and Training page
  4. Complete and return Application materials
    These will be explained in detail at the orientation session, and include:
    • Application
    • Background Check Consent
    • Initial Licensing Evaluation
    • Fact Sheet
    • Privacy Rights Notice
    • Either a Certificate of Occupancy, or a $50 money order/cashier's check made out to "DPS State Fire Marshal."
    • Licensing inspection and Background Study fee of $150 made payable to Sherburne County Social Services (this can be a personal check, unlike the Fire Marshal Check)
    • Licensing Fee Policy (pdf)
  5. Make changes to meet requirements set forth by the Day Care Rule
    In some instances, you will need to make some adjustments to your home, but for the most part, you will only need to check and update safety measures and purchase equipment. You may need to put smoke detectors on all levels of your home, have a fire extinguisher in cooking areas, unload and store firearms and ammunition in a separately locked, inaccessible area, keep knives and sharp objects as well as poisons and medications in inaccessible areas, and have a first aid kit, among other things. You will also need to provide appropriate equipment for children in your care, such as toys, places to nap, outdoor equipment, etc. Toys and equipment may be new, used, commercial, or homemade as long as they are appropriate for the ages of the children and activities for which they will be used. Equipment must also be safe, in good repair, and lead-free. A safety/sanitation checklist will be provided at orientation.
  6. Have a physical exam
    An adult caregiver shall be physically able to care for children. The applicant shall supply documentation to the agency with the license application that the applicant has had a physical examination from a licensed physician within 12 months prior to initial licensure and is physically able to care for children. The applicant shall supply documentation to the agency with the license application that all adult caregivers who are assisting with care on a regular basis (more than 30 days) have had a physical examination from a licensed physician within 12 months prior to employment. Forms to document this will be supplied at orientation.
  7. Maintain pets
    All household pets housed within the residence shall be maintained in good health* and limited to dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, rats, and mice. Birds who are clear of chlamydia psittaci are also acceptable.
    *dogs and cats have current rabies shots.
  8. Fire Marshal Code Inspection
    In some cases, a Fire Marshal will need to inspect your home prior to the licensor coming out. Please note that there is a $50 fee for this inspection. Minnesota State Fire Marshall
  9. Call to request a licensing home visit
    Once the necessary paperwork has been submitted to Sherburne County, the fire marshal has inspected your home, you have received your background study clearance letter, you have completed all pre-service training, and you feel your house will meet licensing requirements, you must contact the licensor yourself to schedule a home visit. The licensor will inspect your house, review your application for licensing, and discuss any relevant issues or concerns.
Health & Human Services Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Health & Human Services
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Office Location & Hours

Phone: 763-765-4000
Fax: 763-765-4096
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