Training & Resources

for family child care providers

Ongoing training requirements

Per MN Statute 245A.5, licensed family child care providers, caregivers, and substitute caregivers must fulfill several training requirements.

Provider training

16 hours of training is required each year for licensed providers, and must include:

  • Child Growth and Development/Behavior Guidance (every year)
  • Active Supervision (two hours each year)
  • CPR (every two years, in-person only)
  • First Aid (every two years)
  • SUID (every two years, videos on the off year)
  • AHT (every two years, videos on the off year)
  • Health and Safety, I and II (every five years)
  • Child Passenger Restraint (if transporting, every five years)

The course must focus on one or more of the training subjects outlined in MN Statutes 245A.50 to be approved.

Ongoing training subjects shall be selected from the following areas:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Learning Environment and Curriculum
  • Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs
  • Interaction with Children
  • Families and Communities
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Behavior Guidance
  • Cultural Dynamics

County Licensing staff will accept training approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (a nongovernment site) including:

  • Face-to-face classroom training
  • Online training
  • Relationship-based professional development, such as mentoring, coaching, and consulting
  • Approved trainings

    Trainings approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) are available at developtoolmn.org (a nongovernment site) or by contacting MNCPD at 855-378-3131.

  • Eager-to-Learn by Child Care Aware

    Child Care Aware of Minnesota also offers many online trainings through the Eager-to-Learn website at eagertolearn.org (a nongovernment site). These courses offer an online format called Anytime Learning that allows for flexible, self-paced learning.

  • SUID and AHT training

    Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) training must be approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development. Both online and classroom formats are accepted, and must be completed at least once every two years. On the years training is not required, providers must receive video training developed or approved by the commissioner.

  • Networking Conference

    Helping ensure your success, Sourcewell proudly offers local providers opportunities to grow themselves and their family child care businesses.

    Regional Child Care Network Conference
    September 24th, 2022

    Additional details to come

Additional tools & resources

Providers must request a Registration Packet specific to their license (Family, Center, License Exempt) from the county of residence.

Once you receive the packet, complete the enclosed forms:

  • W-9 Form
  • Direct Deposit Banking Form (optional)
  • Provide a copy of your policy for hours and cost of care

When the required paperwork is returned to the county, they will enter you into the system.

Note: Providers must renew their registration every two years and report changes when they occur.

Becker County Child Care Assistance
MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.
311 Jefferson Street South, Wadena MN 56482
218-632-3600

Cass County Health, Human & Veterans Services
400 Michigan Ave., PO Box 519 Walker, MN 56484
218-547-6888 or 218-547-1340

Crow Wing County Community Services
204 Laurel Street, Baxter, MN 56401
218-824-1140

Douglas County Child Care Assistance
Douglas County Social Services 
809 Elm St., Suite 1186, Alexandria, MN 56308 
320-762-2302 or 1-844-204-0012 

Morrison County
Providers will be contacted by Morrison County once information from the family seeking assistance is received.

As a provider, you have the option to submit invoices to Morrison County Social Services or jamess@co.morrison.mn.us. If you would like to utilize direct deposit, contact the Morrison County Fiscal Supervisor at 320-632-0243.

To access these forms please go here:

Stevens County
Stevens County Social Services
400 Colorado Ave, Ste. 104, Morris, MN 56267
320-208-6600

Todd County
If you are providing care for someone eligible for assistance, the family must contact Todd County Child Care Assistance: 320-732-4536.

Wadena County Child Care Assistance
MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.
311 Jefferson Street South, Wadena MN 56482
218-632-3600

These resources include links to nongovernment sites.

These resources include links to nongovernment sites.

Help Me Grow (a nongovernment site) works with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services to provide resources on the development of young children for parents and professionals, including:

If you are interested in meeting with other providers, consider joining the local daycare association. For more information, please contact:

Crow Wing County

  • Crow Wing County President
    Mary Horak – 218-392-0132

Morrison County

  • The Licensed Family Child Care Association of Morrison County
    Jamie Sloth
     
  • The Pierz Area Child Care Providers Support Group
    Joelle Lucking – 320-468-6237
    Rebecca Dehler – 320-468-6654

Becker County

  • Becker County Child Care Association
    Vanessa Piekarski – 218-298-1295 or vcomo_19@yahoo.com

Douglas County

  • Lakes Area Professional Child Care Association (LAPCCA)
    Alicia Denny – 320-760-8827 or Debbie Imsdahl – 320-766-6615

Stevens County

  • Jenna Kidder – 320-287-1667 or Darcy Fuhrman – 320-589-2580

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More on child care licensing

Sourcewell offers a variety of additional tools and information regarding family child care licensing in central Minnesota. Our service area includes Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Morrison, Stevens, Todd, and Wadena counties.

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Questions?

Contact licensing@sourcewell-mn.gov or call 218-895-4120.

Please include county of residence in your communication.