Scott County Child Care Information Modules and Orientation Meeting 

Licensing Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Scott County licensed family child care provider.  

Scott County Child Care Licensing Unit is responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes within the county. 

Child Care Centers located within the Scott County are licensed directly by the State of Minnesota. If you have any questions regarding Child Care Centers, please call the State of Minnesota at 651-431-6500

 Please review the following requirements and steps to move forward with your goal to be an in-home child care provider.

    • You must be a Scott County resident.
    • You must view all seven initial Informational Modules in their entirety below. 
    • The seven Information Modules below contain information to help you decide if being a child care provider is the right business for you.
    • The seven Informational Modules give directions on how to get started and instructions on requesting an electronic application packet. (Applications are not mailed out.) See information in Module 7 for more details.
    • Complete the application packet you receive per email and return it to: or mail it to:

    Scott County Health & Human Services
    Government Center 300
    200 Fourth Ave West
    Shakopee, MN 55379

    • Someone will contact you to register for the Child Care Orientation Meeting.
    • Complete the Child Care Orientation Meeting.
    • Provide additional paperwork as needed.
Looking for more information regarding Licensed Family Child Care? Click this link to learn more from DHS.
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Module 1
Child Care Providers are helping to raise our future so this module provides things to consider in becoming a licensed child care provider. It gives guidance on law, fees, and the “business vs. fun” side of providing licensed child care. This is Module 1 of 7.

Module 2
It is the law that you must be licensed to provide care for children in your home. There are licensing rules and statues around providing licensed child care. This module lists the rules and exemptions from licensure. This is Module 2 of 7.

Module 3

There are maximum capacity standards set for licensed child care. The ages as well as capacities are defined here in this module. Supervision is two parts; 1.within side or hearing 2.capable of intervening. You will learn about age, capacity, and supervision in this module. This is Module 3 of 7.

Module 4
There is cost in running your own child care. You will be required to take training before opening your child care and on-going annual training. All of this is addressed in this module 4 of 7.

Module 5
There will be two separate inspections on your home prior to becoming licensed. A fire marshal inspection and a licensor’s inspection. This module provides guidance on home safety items. This is module 5 of 7.

Module 6
Additional information on home safety is given in module 6 along with fencing and pets. This is module 6 of 7.

Module 7
Next steps are provided here. Collect all 7 code words given throughout modules 1-7 and email them to to request the application packet. Complete the entire packet and email return it to and request to register for our Orientation Session. This is module 7 of 7.

​Minnesota Legislature

Our Minnesota Legislature webpage holds the Rules and Statues that govern Family Child Care Licensure. ​
Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0300 - 9502.0445 &
Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 245A.02 & section 245C.03