How long does the licensing process take?

There are many factors that affect the licensing process timelines; but as a general guideline, most applicants will find it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months from start to finish after attending an orientation. Historically, lengthy delays are usually due to waiting for background study information or required training not being available.

Blue Earth County prioritizes the relicensing of existing providers before proceeding with licensing new applicants. There are busier times of the year for which a delay may occur due to the relicensing workload of the licensing staff.

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1. How do I get a license to become a family child care provider?
2. Who do I contact to register for orientation?
3. How long does the licensing process take?
4. Is there a fee to become licensed?
5. What training is required to become licensed?
6. Do I need a background check to become licensed?
7. Can I operate a family child care somewhere else other than my primary residence?
8. Who are the childcare licensors at Blue Earth County?
9. What other services or support can I expect from the licensing staff?
10. How many licensed family child care homes are there in Blue Earth County?
11. Are there any resources to help guide me through the licensing process?