Information for Potential Child Care Provider 

If you are a Washington County resident and interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in Washington County, the first step is to attend an Orientation meeting.

Orientation is required prior to sending in an application.

View the meeting calendar below. When no meetings are currently being offered, the calendar will not be present.

The Washington County Family Child Care Licensing Unit offers Orientation for child care providers several times a year through a virtual format. To attend:

  • Register and attend a virtual Orientation meeting, listed in the calendar. 
  • Or, view the pre-recorded Orientation video, created by the MN Department of Human Services.

After you attend the Orientation meeting, you must submit the Child Care Orientation Quiz. Once the Orientation meeting and Orientation Quiz are completed, you will receive application and materials.

  • Eligibility for the U.S.D.A. Child Care Food Program.
  • Referrals from the local resource and referral agency.
  • Technical assistance from regulatory staff.
  • Tax deductions for business use of home.
  • Access to professional child care associations.
    • This benefit can improve a provider's self-image and allows for networking with other providers in their area.
  • Participation in financial and/or resource equipment incentive programs.
    • Various agencies offer grants and loans to providers at various times. We will notify providers when these opportunities are available.
  • Access to other community resources such as training opportunities.
  • Ability to earn an income at home, being at home with your own children, and being your own boss.
  • Regulated providers usually make more money than unregulated providers.
  • Greater likelihood of obtaining liability insurance.
  • Another less tangible benefit is the perception that regulated care is of a higher quality than unregulated care.