Brown County Browser: Home-based child care business

Have you ever considered starting a home-based child care business? Now may be the perfect time to consider this career, especially if you have children of your own.

Brown County has a new, On-line Orientation that allows you to complete the Orientation process on your own time and at your own pace. Also, the Brown County Board has temporarily waived the licensing fees for child care provider applicants along with relicensing fees for existing family child care providers in an effort support this vital field of work.

The On-line Orientation Overview video is available on our website and can be viewed without committing to anything. Here is a link to that Orientation video:

If you decide you would like to proceed and receive an application packet to continue with the process, you may provide your contact information at the bottom of the video link page. An application packet will be sent to you and you will receive a second video link called the Application Process video. The second video will explain the process of completing and submitting the required licensing forms for family child care.

There is a myth going around that becoming a licensed family child care provider is an impossible process. This could not be further from the truth. Brown County Licensors provide assistance with the entire process, side-by-side, with all Child Care Provider applicants.

An article from Rasmussen College lists:

5 Signs You Have What it Takes to Become a Child Care Provider:

1. You are relationship-driven

2. You’re not afraid of germs

3. You like being your own boss

4. You are a multi-tasking master

5. You thrive on learning and discovery

Do you relate to some of those statements above? If so, you are already naturally inclined to become a child care provider. There are challenges that come, but with great rewards in this business of caring for little ones and helping them learn and grow. If you are curious about how to become a child care provider, check out our website to find out:

How to become a licensed child care provider? Contact:, OR

• Call and speak to a Child Care Licensor at 507-359-6500, OR

• Email us at

We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Brown County Human Services Licensors

Laura Filzen

Pauline Holz

Alesia Slater


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