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You are the expert when it comes to your child. This guide offers steps for choosing care, questions to ask programs, and things to look for as you visit child care programs. It also has additional information about child care and links to useful resources. This Guide is available for download in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Print copies are available in English and Spanish.  For additional assistance please call 888.291.9811 


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Use Minnesota’s Free internet-based search tool for finding high-quality childcare or call to speak with one of the trained childcare specialists at 888.291.9811 

 Information about licensed and certified childcare programs and inspections is public, so families can view a program’s license and certification history on DHS Licensing Information Look up page. 

Want to find out more about what a high-quality childcare is? Check out the Assessing Quality Checklist or more information on the Parent Aware Website. 

To help protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of children in licensed and certified programs, reports of possible licensing or certification violations and/or alleged maltreatment are investigated. 

  • To report concerns about a licensed family childcare program, contact your county/tribal licensing agency. 
  • To report concerns about a licensed or certified childcare center, contact DHS at 651.431.6500 

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