We’re looking for great childcare providers.

There’s never been a better time to open a childcare business in the Alexandria area. We’ve got plenty of resources to help you get started and we’re here to support you along the way.

Starting a childcare business in Alex is easier than you think.

There’s a growing need for childcare providers in Alexandria—and there are plenty of grants and resources to help you get started. Learn more here.

We’ve got the tools and support to help you succeed.

Start here

Visit the Child Care Wayfinder website to find support for starting and growing your program.

Pursue your license

Visit the Douglas County website to learn more about licensing.

Apply for county grants

Douglas County offers a range of grant opportunities to childcare providers who qualify.

Apply for state grants

Explore ChildCare Aware MN for details on funds supporting caregivers with supplies, equipment, technology, and training costs.

Review child health networks

Support the well-being of young children with the Early Childhood Dental and Mental Health networks.

Apply for a microloan

Check out the loans that can help cover your essential project costs.

“I think about my old coworkers at their desks, while I’m over here having a dance party with my kids. It’s just so much fun. I feel like this might be where I’m going to be until I retire.”

Megan Poelaert, Childcare Business Owner

Interested in starting a childcare business?

At the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, we’re here to help you and your business succeed. Let’s talk about how we can support you!