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Benton County Daycare Services

Finding a Daycare Provider

When it comes to looking for child care, you want the best for your child. Research shows that high quality child care can have a positive impact on a child's overall development. Finding high quality child care is very important for your child's well-being.

Contact Midwest Child Care Resource and Referral at toll free at 1-866-511-2244 for FREE individual assistance from a child care referral specialist, who will search for child care that meets your specific needs. Midwest Child Care Resource and Referral services our four county area plus more.

Once you have found a provider, please feel free to contact the county that the provider is licensed in to find out information regarding complaints/investigations.

Other helpful resources in obtaining child care can be found at or

Benton County Daycare Licensors:

Pam Foss: 320-968-5158

Becoming A Daycare Provider

Family Daycare Rule

Guide to New Training Requirements

Becoming a licensed day care provider involves several steps and filling out a number of forms. Initially, you must attend a day care orientation meeting within one year prior to your application for a day care license. The purpose of the orientation meeting is to introduce you to the general Minnesota rules and policies which govern licensing.

Please sign up for orientation by calling Pam Foss at 320-968-5158.

Upcoming orientation dates:

  • Nov 22, 2016 (1:30pm to 4pm)
  • Jan 24, 2017 (1:30pm to 4pm)
  • March 14, 2017 (1:30pm to 4pm)


*Please register at least three days in advance so we can plan accordingly. If we do not have two or more families enrolled the meeting will be cancelled.

Orientation is held at Benton County Government Building, 531 Dewey St in Foley. The meetings are held in the County Board Room.

The food programs will have information available and Child Care Resource and Referral will be presenting information. Please do not bring children to this orientation. You will receive all the necessary paperwork at the Orientation meeting! There is a fee that you will need to pay to become a licensed provider in Benton County, the current fee is $110 for the first year and $160 for a two-year license which you are eligible for after successfully completing your first year. This is subject to change!

Day care licensing rules are defined by the Minnesota Department of Human Services for the state of Minnesota. For more information about the rules regarding day care, see the Day Care Rule, Chapter 9502 of Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws and Rules at or retrieve the entire Human Services Licensing Act by visiting and then searching for chapter 245a. The purpose of these rules are to ensure that minimum levels of care and service are given and the protection, proper care, health, safety and development of the children are assured.

Legally Unlicensed Child Care: A person may provide care to any number of children related and/or provide care to children from one single unrelated family. Minnesota Statute 245A.03 Subd 1 requires licensure if the above exemptions are not met. Call for a licensing application. A person who has a license suspended, revoked or denied is prohibited from providing child care.

MN State Licensing Website

Required Videos for SUIDS and AHT
Video Quiz and SUIDS AHT Acknowledgement form

Forms for Daycare Providers

Enrollment Forms

Day Care Rule Summary for Parents - Mandatory
Family Day Care Admissions Arrangements - Mandatory
Child Care Program Reporting Notification - Mandatory
Permission to Administer - Mandatory
Child Immunization Record - Mandatory
Reporting Policy - Mandatory to give to parent
Insurance Form

Miscellaneous Forms

Child Care Assistance Plan

Supplemental Daycare Form

Initial Background Study
Fence Guidelines
Swimming Pool Guidelines
Swimming Pool Fact Sheet
Swimming Pool Statutory Requirements
Ornamental Pond Guidelines
Crib Inspection Form
Fire and Storm Drill Log
Requirements for Substitutes and Helpers
Mandatory Training Requirements
Transportation/Field Trip Permission Form - Optional
Incident Report Form
Parent Directive for Infant Sleep Position

Infant Sleep for rolling under 6 months - Optional
Swaddle Permission Form
Reporting Policy for Licensed Family Child Care Program
Capacity Chart

Capacity Variance Request Packet

Items 1-5 must be printed, completed and submitted to the agency, otherwise it will be an incomplete request which may be denied. The agency has 30 days to process a variance request.

Variance Guidelines - for your information
1. Request Form - must complete
2. Enrollment Form - must complete
3. Parent Notification Statement - must complete
4. Self Evaluation - must complete
5. Variance Calendars - must complete

Family Child Care Diapering Area Disinfection

A new provision, Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.1446, Family Child Care Diapering Area Disinfection, clarifies that bleach used for disinfecting diaper changing surfaces must be mixed in accordance with label instructions for disinfection. The provision also allows use of surface disinfectants other than bleach if the manufacturer’s label or instructions state that the product is registered with the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency; is effective against certain bacteria in ten minutes or less of contact time; has clear directions for mixing and use; is used in accordance with manufacturer’s directions; and does not contain triclosan or its derivatives. The provision also clarifies consistent with the label directions to clean a child diapering area.

Effective July 1, 2013.
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 108, Article 3, Section 17

Other Helpful Information

Quarterly Newsletters


Sign up for e-Notices

(choose "Daycare Provider Newsletters")

For useful information for current child care providers, visit Midwest Child Care at, or visit Child Care Choices at

Other websites that may be of some interest to daycare providers:

Information on Special Needs
Assistance Line: 1-800-728-5420

Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association:
Stearns/Benton Child Care Association:

General Resources

National SAFE KIDS
Adults & Childrens Alliance
Consumer Product Safety Commission - check recalls on products including toys and cribs. - A Cyber Center for Family Home Child Care Advocates. - Provides a wealth of information including an interesting section that answers questions on brain development in young children and what providers can do to help with brain development. - An informative website containing information on food safety, diet, and breast feeding. - Contains activities children can do on the computer and a unique online story book. - Provides hundreds of links for child care related businesses. - Provides activities, games, and folder book games for children. - The official site for the Midwest Child Care Resource and Referral. Includes information on starting your business, including grant information. - The local child care resource and referral site for the 4 county area, Wright, Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties. - The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. - BLEND Beginnings is a nutrition and physical activity program developed for child care through the cooperative efforts of experienced early child care providers, nutritionists and educators. -
Infectious Disease Control in Child Care Settings Manual - Child Health in Early Education


Safe weather chart - Determine safe temperatures for taking children outside.

CPR Resources

American Red Cross (320) 251-7641

InPulse CPR (763) 262-4776

Tanja Burthwick

Online Training Information For Providers


Business Management

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Activities, Printables, etc.

$7.95 per month curriculum

Free printables forms and coloring pages

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