Substitutes are individuals older than the age of 18 who care for the children while the provider is away from the child care program. They must have had background studies completed and approved. Download a Background Study Form.
The background study can be completed and mailed to:
Dakota County Social Services
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
You can also scan the forms and email them to your social worker.
Recording training dates
Providers are responsible to keep copies of all training certificates and to record the training dates on the Caregiver Tracking Record.
Substitutes cannot care for children for more than 30 days in a calendar year.
The following training is required for substitutes:
- If the substitute cares for the children for more than 30 hours in a calendar year they must have CPR and First Aid completed.
- If children under the age of 12 months are in the program, the substitute must have taken a minimum of one hour combined course for SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome Training. If two separate courses are taken, they must be one hour in length each.
- If there are no children under 12 months in the program, the substitute must have taken a one-hour course in Shaken Baby Syndrome training.