Day Care Provider Orientation and Application 


Blue Earth County requires that all day care provider applicants attend orientation.  

Orientation for the 2022 calendar year is as follows:

January 18, 20229:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
April 19, 20229:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July 19, 20229:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
October 18, 20229:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Orientation meetings are held four times a year and will be held in the first-floor conference room of the Blue Earth County Government Center - Door A, 410 South Fifth Street, Mankato, Minnesota.  Times and dates are stated above.  Attendance for the entire meeting is required.   Child care is NOT provided.  Please call 507-304-4273 to reserve a spot for the date and time you will be attending by the 1st of the orientation month.  No walk-ins will be allowed.

During the orientation meeting we will review the various forms and the rule that governs day care licensing in Minnesota.  Depending on your situation, being licensed may be your choice or it may be mandatory.  Under Minnesota Statute, Section 245A.03, Subdivision 2, the following day care situations are excluded from licensure.

A.    Day care provided by a relative to only related children.

B.    Day care provided to children from a single, unrelated family for any length of time.

C.    Day care provided for accumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12-month period.

The operator of a residence required to be licensed under Parts 9502.0315 to 9502.0445 which is operating without a license is subject to misdemeanor prosecution an injunction under Minnesota Statutes, Section 245.803.  In most situations it is to your benefit to obtain the license not only for liability purposes but also to enhance the quality of your work.


Before implementation of NETStudy 2.0, Blue Earth County will charge an applicant a non refundable total fee of $100.00 to cover the background study ($50.00) and licensing services ($50.00).  After NETStudy 2.0, the following non-refundable fees will apply:

Type of application and fee:

New Licensing Application $50.00
One-Year License Renewal$50.00
Two-Year License Renewal$100.00

  1. Michelle Lechner

    Information Specialist II
    Phone: (507) 304-4273