Minnesota-Specific Online Resources

The following links may be useful for all childcare centers and providers. For links specific to family childcare providers, click here.

For useful business resources, regardless of your location, check out our national online resources.

Minnesota Childcare Organizations

Minnesota Child Care Resources & Referral Network

These associations offer various member benefits including newsletters, legislative updates, conferences, advocacy, discounts, mentorship programs, and more.
Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MNAEYC) – 651-646-8689

Child Care Policy, Research & Advocacy

Child Care Works: http://www.childcareworks.org
Center for Early Education and Development:  http://education.umn.edu/ceed/
Minnesota Child Care Policy Research Partnership: http://www.education.umn.edu/CEED/projects/ccrp/default.html
Minnesota Early Learning Foundation: http://www.melf.us
Early Childhood Research Collaborative:  http://earlychildhoodrc.org/
This collaborative explores links between early education and economic development, public health, K-12 education and other connections.
Ready4K:  http://www.ready4k.org

Government Agencies

State Licensing Information
Minnesota – Department of Human Services
Phone:  651-296-3971

Child and Adult Care Food Program

This program provides funds to help providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to young children. All licensed providers are eligible to participate on this program. Each sponsor follows all the same federal regulations in administering this program.

State agency that administers the Food Program sponsors:
Minnesota Department of Education   http://www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/FNS/CACFPCenter/index.html
Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
651-582-8526; 800-366-8922

Women’s Economic Development Centers

These agencies offer a variety of services: career planning, business development (loans), and training on business issues such as finances, record keeping, marketing, getting started, and more:
Women Venture, St. Paul 651-646-3808.
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, 800-422-0374.

Minnesota Family Child Care Links


Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association