Applicants l Providers l Parents l Child Care Home
1. How can I get forms?
Some State forms are available at the MN DHS Forms website. Type ‘Child Day Care’ into the search box. Some forms are at Ramsey’s Family Child Care provider web page under the Forms Heading. If you do not find what you need, please contact your social worker.
2. What if someone new moves into my licensed home?
Ramsey County Family Child Care Licensing (FCCL) must be notified immediately of any change in the regular membership of the household / within the childcare residence, or the addition of an employee who will regularly be providing care. You are strongly encouraged to notify your Licensing Social Worker of any anticipated changes in your household composition well in advance of the change. This will assure completion and clearance of all required paperwork.
Remember that anyone who may have unsupervised access to children in care must have a cleared background study. If you are unclear about the definition of “unsupervised access”, please contact your licensor.
3. What do I need to do if I hire someone to work in my Family Child Care?
Ramsey County FCCL must be notified immediately of any change in the regular membership of the household / within the childcare residence, or the addition of an employee who will regularly be providing care. You are strongly encouraged to notify your Licensing Social Worker of any anticipated changes in your household composition well in advance of the change. This will assure completion and clearance of all required paperwork.
Remember that anyone who will work with children under school age must have SIDS / Shaken Baby Syndrome training prior to starting, and anyone who works more than 30 hours in any 12 month period must have Infant / Child CPR and Child-Related First Aid.
4. Can I have pets? What kind?
Providers are allowed to have the following pets: dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, rats, mice, and birds if the birds are free of Chlamydia psittaci. The rule also requires current rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs. Ramsey County does not grant variances to allow any pets other than those listed above. Because of liability issues for providers, Ramsey County FCCL strongly encourages providers to keep pets and children separated at all times.
5. Can I take field trips with the children in my care?
Yes, you may take field trips with written parent permission. Prior to transporting, the rule requires anyone who will transport children under the age of 9 to complete a 3 hour course (generally titled Minnesota Child Passenger Safety or Child Passenger Restraint),
You must also keep in mind written permission for the field trip itself, written permission to transport children, appropriate safety harness / car seats, and especially how you will adequately supervise the children in accordance with the rule.
6. What can I be told about complaints made against me?
The law considers complaint investigation data and reporter names to be confidential information and therefore not available to either the public or providers. If a complaint is made against you, you may be advised of the nature of the complaint. Once the investigation is completed, you may also be advised of whether the complaint is substantiated. If a complaint results in a substantiated rule violation, this information is considered public information and is therefore available to anyone who calls to check your licensing record.
7. Can I see my Parent Evaluation forms?
No. Due to data privacy laws, we are not able to show providers actual evaluation forms. Your Licensing Social Worker may share general information about parent feedback, but no identifying information will be used.
8. Is there a fee to be licensed?
In 2003, the Minnesota State Legislature through Minnesota State Statue 245A.10 granted counties the ability to collect fees to recover the actual cost of background studies, capped at $100 annually AND for the licensing process, not to exceed $50 for a one-year license OR $100 for a two-year license. The total amount that a county can charge is minimally $150. The maximum amount is $200.
Up until now, Ramsey County has been one of the few counties in Minnesota to NOT implement and collect these fees. Unfortunately, these are trying times which require the County to explore every revenue avenue available. Ramsey’s County Manager has recommended to the County Board that collecting these fees be one of its strategies for revenue generation, primarily to offset the administrative costs associated with the child care background studies and licensing process. The effective date for implementation of the fees is January 1, 2012.
Once the fees are implemented, providers who do not pay them in a timely manner will not be licensed as a child care provider in Ramsey County.