Child Care Licensing

Brown County Child Care Licensing Process (PDF)

Rules and Statutes

The State of Minnesota defines minimum standards a child care provider must meet to be recommended for licensure. The rules and statutes also specify guidelines for caregiver qualifications, caregiver training, license capacity, age distribution restrictions, behavior guidance, provider records, activities and equipment, safety of the physical environment, sanitation and health, and nutrition.

People who provide childcare in Minnesota must have a license from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It is a misdemeanor to provide childcare without a license. However, under state law there are two exceptions to this rule:

  • You may provide unlicensed child care for children who are related to you, and children from one single unrelated family.
  • You may provide unlicensed childcare for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12-month period.

Both licensed and legal unlicensed family child care providers may be “registered” to provide care to children whose parents are eligible to receive childcare subsidy. Such registration allows providers to receive payment from the Child Care Payment Department based on state and county guidelines. For more information, contact a Child Care Assistance Worker at 507-359-6500.

Family Child Care Orientation for 2019

All orientation sessions are scheduled to be held at the Brown County Human Services “Community Building” at the corner of Garden and Center Street, 1117 Center St., New Ulm, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


December 18, 2018


February 19, 2019

April 16, 2019

June 18, 2019

August 20, 2019

October 15, 2019

December 17, 2019

To register for a Family Child Care Orientation Session, please call (507) 359-6500 or email Pauline Holz


Training Requirements

  • CPR (infant/child)
  • First Aid
  • SUID/AHT (sudden unexpected infant death/abusive head trauma)
  • Supervising for Safety: 6 hour pre-service course
  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Guidance, 4 hour pre-service course (Child Growth & Development and Behavior Guidance)
  • CARS (Car Seat Training):   Every 5 years, if transporting children

Exemptions for Child Growth & Development and Behavior Guidance Training:

  • 3 credit course early childhood development in last 5 years
  • BA/MS in Early Childhood Education or School Age child care in last 5 years
  • Licensed MN teacher (PreK, Early Childhood Educator, or K-6)
  • BA with Montessori certification in last 5 years

There is a fee for child care provider background studies. Licensing is required to do background studies on all individuals ages 13 and over that live or work in the child care program.  The background study fee is $40 per adult and $20 per minor.  A fingerprinting fee of $9.10 per person will also be charged at the fingerprinting site for each adult and only minors ages (13 to 17) who: 

  1. are paid by the provider to assist in the care of children or to work directly with children in care; or
  2. live outside of Minnesota, or
  3. have lived outside of Minnesota at any time in the last five years, or    
  4. have a Minnesota criminal record, or
  5. there is reasonable cause to believe that they may have a criminal record in another

For those applicants who have an attached garage or free standing solid fuel heat appliance or want to provide care in their basement; there is a $50.00 fee for a Fire Marshal Inspection.

Brown County Commissioners have waived child care licensing fees for calendar year 2019.

You will need to enter which county you are looking for child care to create a list of licensed providers.

Contact Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing Information & Assistance Program



Laura Filzen
Licensing Social Worker

Pauline Holz
Child Care Licensor

Alesia Slater
Child Care Licensor

Important Numbers

Infectious Disease Reporting Requirements
651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414

MN Poison Control 

Contact Human Services

Located at the Community Services Building in New Ulm

1117 Center Street, PO Box 788
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 354-8246
1 (800) 450-8246
Fax: (507) 359-6542

Email Human Services



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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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