Child Care Licensing


Chisago County child care licensing works as an agent of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing Division. Licensing works with the family child care providers to establish standards of care throughout the county while adhering to the licensing laws.

Family child care licensing staff is responsible for licensing and monitoring providers and ensuring that children in licensed homes receive safe, adequate care.

Child care licensing staff is available to answer questions about the licensing process. By working together, we hope to get providers off to a positive and successful start in the child care field.

Chisago County Licensing will grant variances to sections of Rule 9502 based on these Guidelines for Variance Requests. Variances to MN Statute 245A cannot be granted by the County. The necessary form for variance requests is in the Forms Section for child care licensing.

Parent Information

Parents can receive information regarding licensed family child care by contacting Chisago County Human Services Family Child Care Department by calling 651-213-5249.

Parents looking for child care in Chisago County can contact Child Care Aware at 888-291-9811 or locate licensed childcare by using Parent Aware.

Parents can also check out our New App: Child Care Providers in Chisago County ( to find providers specific to Chisago County. Check out the Child Care Locator App (PDF) to find out how to use the app.

Parents can also do a statewide search for licensed providers by contacting the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider, please open the Chisago County Family Child Care Licensing Guidelines (PDF) and read the entire document. This document will provide guidance and information on the licensing process and requirements for licensure. You may also contact our Family Child Care Licensor at Chisago County by sending an email to Child Care Licensing or by calling 651-213-5218 or 612-441-1021. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Are you looking for a mentor? 

A mentor can offer information, encouragement and allows you an opportunity to interact and get one-on-one feedback and support from someone who has training and experience in the early childhood field. Whether you are a soon-to-be licensed provider or have been licensed for 10+ years, you are eligible to sign-up and be matched with an experienced mentor. 
Participants will:

  • Work with your mentor in a professional manner
  • Ask questions and communicate with the mentor in a respectful way
  • Set goals for your mentor – mentee relationship
  • Not engage in gossip.

As a participant you may want assistance on:

  • Policy, contracts & forms
  • Interviewing 
  • Communicating 
  • Curriculum
  • Program Planning 
  • Behavioral Concerns 
  • Advertising
  • Communicating effectively with parents.