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Find a Licensed Provider

Here are some ways you can find licensed child care provider in your area:

Minnesota  Department of Human Services Licensing Information Lookup 
The Licensing Information Lookup is a new, simple online search tool created by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  The information available through this website will include the most frequently requested public information maintained by the Licensing Division.  You can search for information about a licensed provider by name, license number, program type, county, ZIP code or city. 

Parent Aware 
Provides individualized referrals reflecting a family’s preferences—location by schools,  openings by age , hours and days of care, program information,  special services,etc.  A referral counselor works with parents to help them decide what they are looking for in a child care program. Lists of providers are tailored to those preferences. The database has information on licensed homes and centers, and is updated at least monthly. To inquire about an individualized referral, call Parent Aware  at 1-888-291-9811. Parents and caregivers can also access information on licensed programs at

ChildCare Aware of Minnesota
An online database of licensed homes and centers. The database can be searched based on zip code or city and preferences including hours and days of care, ages of children, type of program, language spoken in home. Contact information is provided for the programs meeting the selected criteria, along with information about program schedules, caregivers’ training and experience, special needs served, and environment features like pets. Access to the ChildCare Aware of Minnesota database is free. You will be asked to create a password to use this site. For more information, see their video below.

Last updated: 10/9/2015 3:23 AM