There are about 600 licensed child care providers in Dakota County.
The county is responsible for licensing child care homes where children from more than one family and/or relatives are cared for. The county conducts background studies and orientations for prospective child care providers, does in-home interviews and safety checks, recommends providers for licensure, and supports existing providers.
The county also helps parents by conducting record checks of licensed child care providers, investigating licensing complaints and answering parent questions regarding their involvement with licensed child care.
COVID-19 resources for providers
For specific health-related questions regarding your child care, contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) at
If you are notified of
a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in your program, contact MDH at email@example.com.
Both emails are staffed by MDH personnel evenings and weekends.
Guides and resources
What to Do When Notified of a Lab-Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Child Care Settings or Youth Programs
COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs
MDH Schools and Child Care Covid-19 Resource page
- Minnesota Department of Heath Hotline: 651-201-3920 (7 a.m.–7 p.m.)
- Minnesota Department of Human Services Hotline: 1-888-234-1268 (7 a.m.–7 p.m.)
For further questions and support, please contact
Child Care Licensing