Welcome to Scott County Child Care Licensing

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About the Child Care Licensing Unit

The Scott County Child Care Licensing Unit is here to serve as your resource for learning how to locate licensed child care providers or how to become a licensed child care provider. 

We strive to ensure that children are cared for in quality, safe, nurturing and culturally responsive settings and, to help parents find a licensed provider to entrust the care of their children.

Is this career for me?

Here is an interview with a Scott County Child Care provider explaining why this can be a rewarding career for you.

Our Services

  • Answer questions regarding licensed child care
  • Provide public information when you are looking for child care provider; including years of experience, type of license, etc.
  • Hold regular free orientation sessions to anyone interested in becoming licensed
  • Provide information regarding required training courses and offer select training courses
  • Provide ongoing mentoring to the providers
  • Conduct annual home visits
  • Investigate licensing complaints
  • Conduct annual background studies on the providers, household members, and/or anyone helping, substituting or assisting with the child care program

COVID-19 testing

You can find testing locations across the state on the MN COVID Response site. As a reminder, COVID-19 testing is covered without cost-sharing, including for those who are uninsured.

Minnesota Department of Health: 

  • Email address for provider questions: [email protected]
  • Email address for general questions: [email protected]
  • Effective mid-March 2022 the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs has retired. Please use these guides providing best practice recommendations for isolation and quarantine in alignment with CDC guidance.

Contact Us

For more information or to speak with someone in Child Care Licensing, please call 952-445-7751 and ask to speak with a Child Care Licensing coverage worker.