MCCPIN Programs

Week of the Provider
Advocate of the Year

These programs initiated by the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association have been put on hold by MCCPIN.  The future may have a new look and focus to the programs of the past.  MCCPIN will continue to request the proclamation from the Governor recognizing the Week of the Family Child Care Provider.

  • Family Child Care™
  • Mentor™
  • Leadership™
  • These programs are being reviewed to determine how they fit into the current Minnesota Early Childhood system.

1MCCPIN Credentials: 

Program to train experienced providers to guide providers new to the field or experienced providers with business concerns.  

Mentor Training Program

Essential Elements of Family Child Care©

(designed specially for newly licensed providers)

If your counties new providers are interested in this program, contact Sheryl Warner via 651-636-1989 or 1-800-652-9704 or

  • Have you ever heard the term “tail of insurance”?

  • What do you do when one child bites another?

  • Do you know how to meet the needs of a 12 month old child and a 9 year old at the same time?

  • How are parents a valuable resource?

  • What are your rights as a licensed child care provider?

  •  Do you wish you had someone to talk about anything related to child care?

Then this class is for you!

Classes offered include:

  1. Record Keeping for a Business In Your Home 

  2. Parent/Provider Relationships 

  3. Environments 

  4. Nutrition, Health and Safety

  5. Ages & Stages

  6. Child Guidance

  7. Professionalism

  8. Rights and Responsibilities

MLFCCA asks you to commit to the following:

  • A minimal amount of hands-on homework in your child care business.

  • Feedback on each module/class to help design a series of classes that is being offered statewide and to evaluate its effectiveness.


Essential Elements Class Descriptions:

#1 Record Keeping for a Business in Your Home

Learn how to organize your record keeping system. Figure out your Time/Space Formula. Define Income and Expense. Develop a budget to help you determine Parent Fees. Learn how to use Quarterly Reports, Forms and Software.

#2 Parent Provider Relationships

What should be in your Contract? How do you write Policies to include Respect, Rights and Responsibilities? Learn unique ways to communicate information to parents. Build a professional, working relationship with your clients.

#3 Environment

Learn how to satisfy the needs of space and storage for both your business and your family. This class is filled with examples and ideas from a wide variety of child care settings. Learn how to build your environment to enhance learning and growth development. You will discover how to market your environment to parents.

#4 Nutrition, Sanitation, Health & Safety

This class is filled with information to make your business a healthy and safe environment. Here are some of the topics covered: CACFP regulations and benefits / Sample Menus / Sanitation, Safety and proper Hand washing; Adult and Child / Communicable Diseases / Immunizations / Medications / Making Child Care Safe and Fun / Special Needs / Legal Requirements and Resource Info

#5 Ages & Stages of Developmental Growth

What can I do to encourage child growth and development? Gain an understanding of How Children Learn. Receive a Resource Bag to direct you to Equipment, Toys and Supplies to build your environment towards better learning and development. Learn the difference between arts and crafts. Learn how to encourage a strong reading environment and using the different forms of play.

#6 Child Guidance

Learn age appropriate Behavior and Development Skills.  Infants, Toddlers, Pre-School and School Age children all react differently in certain situations. Learn how to deal with challenging behaviors and make them positive learning lessons using Proactive Guidance and Discipline Techniques.

#7 Professional Development

What type of training is out there for providers to improve the quality of care?  In this class, you will learn where to go to find just the right training for you.  Break up the isolation that so many providers suffer from. Build a network of providers and professionals to obtain resources and help when you need it. Learn about the different Accreditation Programs available to Providers. Learn how to contact your CCR&R, Local and State Association.  Get tips on Grant Writing and where to get them.  

#8 Rights & Responsibilities

 Know your Rights. Protect your Family and Business. Learn of the various legal and liability issues that can happen to providers. Build a defense system to protect yourself. Other topics covered include Rule II, Support Systems, Liability Insurance, Abuse, Neglect and Reporting & Correction Orders.

"Essential Elements of Family Child Care©" is 16 hours of certified family child care training which emerged through the nonprofit mission of MLFCCA.