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Think Small is a trusted resource for child care information with over thirty years of experience helping families search for care and early childhood education.


Finding the right care is a lot of work.  Our Tools & Tips section will give you valuable information about selecting care.  Our experts are also available to help.  You can reach us at 1-888-291-9811 Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

3 easy options to get a list & learn more about child care…*

1.  Call Us for a Customized Referral 1-888-291-9811

  • free
  • talk with an expert
  • a list is created based on your search criteria
  • information to help you choose the best care for your child
  • available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2.  Self-Search using the Online Database

Click the above link will redirected you to the statewide online child care database. You will be leaving Think Small’s website.

  • free
  • referrals based on the criteria you select
  • available 24/7

Important to know:

  • All search options use the same database however, results may vary.
  • Think Small does not license, endorse, inspect or recommend any early childhood program.
  • A licensed child care program has met minimal standards.  A license does not guarantee high  quality care.
  • The information about each program is self-reported and we do not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

If you are looking for care outside of MN, call 800-424-2246 or visit