Tier I Membership is open to legally licensed family child care providers residing in Dakota County.  Membership includes
    training, voting privileges, serving on the Executive Board, serving as a committee chair, participation in Toy Coop and the
    Mentor Program.  323 members.

    Tier II Membership is open to persons working as/with family child care providers; legally unlicensed providers, second
    adults, employees of in-home family providers, substitutes used by in-home child care providers, legally licensed family
    child care providers not presently residing in Dakota County and any persons in the child care field.  Membership includes
    training, working on committees and participation in Toy Co-op.

    All memberships are valid a 12-month period beginning from the month it was purchased, or 24 months when a two-year
    membership is purchased, or 36 months when a three-year membership is purchased. If you renew your membership early,   
    it will added to your current expiration date.  Membership dues is non-refundable.

    Why Should I Join?
  • Free training with accredited trainers   
  • Free business listing in our Provider Directory   
  • Mentor Program with established child care professionals  
  • Toy Co-op (small additional fee)  
  • Association Newsletter  
  • Providers' Night Out  
  • Volunteer Opportunities  
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals  
  • Advertising discount in our newsletter ~ The Caring Connection  
  • Assistance in promoting professionalism in your business  
  • Marketing the licensed family child care profession  
Training:  A minimum of 20 trainings per year in Apple Valley, Eagan, Hastings, Rosemount and Mendota Heights.  
All-County trainings are offered twice a year.   

Provider Directory:  Members can list information regarding their child care business, including current openings,
that can be viewed by potential clients.

Membership: Two types of memberships are available.

Mentor Program:  The Provider Care Line Program is a phone network of experienced family child care professionals
who are able to answer questions for other family child care providers.   The One-on-One
Mentor Program builds a relationship between an experienced provider and an inexperienced provider
which focuses on the needs of the inexperienced provider.

Toy Co-op:  A monthly toy exchange offering a wide variety of toys owned by DCFCCA.

Providers' Night Out: Providers gather monthly at a restaurant in Dakota County to network with other providers,
relax and have fun.

Provider of the Year:  Our members can be nominated and recognized at DCFCCA's Provider of the Year
Recognition Ceremony at the spring conference.  One nominee will be selected as Outstanding Provider of
the Year!

Sunshine: Share and acknowledge important events in our members’ lives.

Fundraising: Different items for sale, with profits benefiting DCFCCA's general budget.

Conference: An all-day training event  in March with six available hours of training, vendor shopping and  

Unions & FCC (Family Child Care):  You can obtain links to several informative websites involving the  proposed
child care unions.