What’s new for: Licensing information

Background documents analyze child care access, monitoring, oversight

The licensed child care issue brief, Understanding Licensed Child Care in Minnesota (PDF), provides licensing data along with an analysis of issues facing licensed child care in Minnesota. These issues include monitoring and oversight activities as well as the availability of licensed care in the state in 2016. The fact sheets address commonly asked questions and provide insight on trends in licensed care. These resources are intended to inform families, licensed providers, policy makers and other key stakeholders about licensed child care in Minnesota.

Ownership of DHS fingerprint vendor to change in 2017; no impact expected for providers

DHS recently learned that 3M Cogent, the vendor used to provide the infrastructure for fingerprinting and photographing people for background studies, is selling its identity management business. The company has entered into agreements to sell this business to Gemalto, a world leader in digital security. The transaction is expected to be completed sometime during the first six months of 2017. Although we expect the change to be transparent to our clients, the DHS Background Studies Division will continue to update providers on any changes that may impact the current fingerprinting operations. If you have any questions, contact DHS NetStudy2.

Emergency planning documents now available for child care providers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with child care providers, parents and guardians, emergency managers, counties, and child advocacy organizations, developed two emergency planning resources to assist families, child care providers, counties, and state agencies prepare for and respond to emergencies in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of children. Learn more about emergency preparedness and these resources in these Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

Keeping Kids Safe (PDF) is a tool to help child care programs prepare for disasters and emergencies, such as fire, floods, severe weather, and violent incidents. This resource includes best practices for emergency preparedness and a template to help providers voluntarily create their own “emergency preparedness plan.”

Minnesota’s Statewide Child Care Emergency Plan (PDF) outlines Minnesota’s statewide child care emergency plan and addresses the roles and responsibilities for coordination, communication, and support in the event of a disaster or emergency. The goal of this document is to be a tool for all parties involved with the care of children and the management of emergencies.

New Q and A feature added to website for family child care providers

A new page on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website provides family child care providers the opportunity to ask the department questions about licensed family child care. Family child care providers will submit their questions using the website page and DHS will consult with the provider’s licensor about the question before responding to the provider.

Report details costs associated with implementing new 245D standards

A new DHS report is available that describes actual costs associated with implementing the new Chapter 245D standards and maltreatment investigation costs relating to Chapter 245D. The report also includes actions for reducing maltreatment investigations costs and options for funding such investigations.

2015 licensing legislative changes highlighted in summary

Licensing legislation passed in 2015 is summarized in a new publication from the Office of Inspector General's Licensing Division (PDF). In addition to general changes, other licensing areas affected include child care programs, chemical dependency treatment programs, child foster care, and home and community-based services. The update includes information about the specific changes in law as well as links to the pertinent statutes.

Heed provider alerts to decrease incidents in licensed programs

From time to time, DHS Licensing sends alerts to providers on situations that can pose risks to vulnerable adults, children and adolescents who are receiving services. Many of the alerts areas and recommendations are licensing requirements but not outlined in the rules. Providers who are licensed by DHS to provide care should pay attention to alerts and review the list of recommendations.

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