Serious Injuries, Deaths, & Maltreatment in Child Care

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires states to make information available concerning the aggregate number of deaths, serious injuries and instances of child maltreatment that occur in child care settings each year. In Minnesota, there are four child care provider types for which this data will be reported: licensed child care centers, licensed family child care programs, certified child care centers, and legal nonlicensed providers that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

The following information includes the aggregate number of deaths, serious injuries, and instances of maltreatment that occurred in different child care settings by calendar year.

 

Deaths

The death of a child in care must be reported by the provider to the Department of Human Services, the county, or the local CCAP agency.

Licensed child care centers Licensed family child care programs Certified child care centers
Legal nonlicensed providers
2017  2  3  0  0
2018 0 3 0 0

 

Maltreatment

Minnesota law statute 626.556 recognizes the following types of maltreatment: neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, mental injury, emotional harm, medical neglect, and threatened injury. When a finding of maltreatment is made, it means that allegations of maltreatment were reported, the allegations were investigated, and it was determined through the investigation that an act did occur that meets the definition of maltreatment.

Licensed child care centers Licensed family child care programs Certified child care centers
Legal nonlicensed providers
2017  42  76  0  1
2018 38 71 1 0

 

Serious Injuries

Licensed child care centers Licensed family child care programs Certified child care centers
Legal nonlicensed providers
2018 795 306 47 1

 

About Licensed Child Care Centers in Minnesota

In 2018, there were over 1,700 licensed child care centers located throughout the state of Minnesota. These licensed centers had the capacity to serve over 135,000 children. For more information, visit Health & Safety in Licensed & Certified Child Care Programs or the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ webpage.

 

About Licensed Family Child Care

In 2018, there were over 7,900 licensed family child care programs located in Minnesota. These licensed family child care programs had the capacity to serve over 93,000 children. For more information, visit Health & Safety in Licensed & Certified Child Care Programs or the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ webpage.

 

About Certified Child Care Centers

In 2018, there were 617 license-exempt child care centers that participated in CCAP located in Minnesota. For more information, visit Health & Safety in Licensed & Certified Child Care Programs or the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ webpage.

License-exempt child care center certification was introduced in 2018. License-exempt child care centers must become certified to serve families receiving child care assistance. DHS certifies and monitors certified license-exempt programs (often called certified centers).

 

About Legal Nonlicensed Care

In 2018, there were 423 legal nonlicensed providers who participated in CCAP in Minnesota. For more information, visit Types of Care & Education.

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