Minnesota ChildCare Preschool Centers

We provide local listings of preschools and childcare centers in Minnesota. Continue below to search the list of local childcare centers in Minnesota. We have also listed the top cities in Minnesota on the right side of the page.

A Comprehensive Guide to Childcare and Preschools in Minnesota

As a parent residing in Minnesota, choosing the right childcare or preschool for your child is a pivotal decision. Luckily, the state provides a variety of options to cater to different needs, preferences, and financial abilities.

Types of Childcare and Preschools in Minnesota

In Minnesota, you can choose from a variety of childcare and preschool options. These include:
  • Childcare Centers - These are services provided in a non-residential space where the principal function of the provider is to provide childcare services.
  • Family Childcare - This is a childcare service typically provided in the provider's house and it's characterized by a homey environment.
  • Preschool Programs - These are educational settings for children who have not yet entered Kindergarten.
  • School-Age Care Programs - These are childcare services for school-age children usually before and after school, and during school vacations.

State Subsidized Childcare Options in Minnesota

Recognizing the high cost of childcare, Minnesota offers state-subsidized childcare programs such as the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). This program helps families with low incomes pay for childcare so they can work, attend school, or participate in employment and training programs. To apply for CCAP, you can complete an application online at ApplyMN, or by calling your local county or tribal human service office. You can also download a paper application and submit it to your county or tribal office.

Other Financial Assistance

Scholarships - These are offered by the Early Learning Scholarship Program and they can help to cover the cost of high-quality childcare and early education programs. You can apply by completing an application form through the Minnesota Department of Education website. Tax Credits - The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit can help families offset some childcare costs.

Choosing the Right Childcare or Preschool for Your Child

It's important to consider a variety of factors like the child's age, the location of the childcare center or preschool, and the specific needs of your child. It's recommended to visit potential options to observe their environment and how they interact with the children. Minnesota Parents Know is a great resource to help parents understand what quality childcare looks like and it provides a wide array of resources when choosing a provider.


Choosing the right childcare or preschool in Minnesota requires careful thought and consideration. However, with a variety of childcare options and state subsidies available, you are assured of finding a good fit for your child and your family.

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