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License-Exempt Provider Monitoring Grant

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for a grant to support License-Exempt Provider Monitoring to begin April 1, 2018.  The deadline to apply for this grant is Friday, February 16, 2018.

A technical assistance webinar for the grant opportunity is scheduled on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. EST. Links to the Notice of Intent to Apply, as well as webinar information, grant instructions and application forms, are posted below.

The Department is interested in determining the best methods to support license-exempt child care providers in meeting the needs of families in Michigan, whether they work traditional hours or non-traditional hours and are looking for care that meets their family's needs. The Department is also interested in gathering more information from these providers on what the Department (and partners) can do to better support their needs and ensure they have the tools and strategies necessary to provide an engaging environment for the children in their care.

In meeting these requirements, Michigan’s goal is to create a license-exempt network to support these providers and families and to make them feel less isolated and provide support and services that meet their unique needs.   We also hope to connect these providers and parents to community resources and supports to ensure their needs are met.  Michigan will be exempting (as allowed under the regulations) license-exempt relative providers.  For license-exempt providers on tribal and federal land (pending guidance from the Office of Child Care (OCC)), the Department will likely enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that indicates they agree to meet requirements and will provide evidence to the Department that they are in compliance.  Therefore, license-exempt unrelated providers and license-exempt parent on site providers will be part of these requirements.

The purpose of the funding is to support the vision to ensure that Michigan continues to support license-exempt providers caring for Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy children in a manner that makes them feel less isolated and more connected to a system that will support the care they are providing to the children and their families.  In addition to providing one-on-one support and coaching, this work will entail coordination and collaboration with other key stakeholders across the state and in local areas to provide professional development either within the home or in a group setting.

Support to the providers will occur in a variety of formats, but will focus on intentional relationship-based activities that will help providers continuously improve and meet federal requirements.  We believe this benefits both children and families as they will have access to a comprehensive, coordinated menu of services.  The Office of Great Start (OGS) intends for this to be a systematic approach, utilizing as many resources and partners for collaboration as possible.

MDE, OGS/CDC, will award at least one grant to any agency, organization, or institution with expertise in appropriate areas.  The overarching goal is to provide statewide coverage which may be obtained through various proposals or through one proposal that ensures statewide coverage.

Application Instructions

Grant Application

Budget Summary

Notice of Intent to Apply

Technical Assistance Webinar

Webinar Questions and Answers

Cost Estimation Tool and Guidance

Unlicensed Provider Data by County

Unlicensed Unrelated Provider Data - Since Unlicensed providers do not enroll based on relationship, this document is unlicensed providers who are assigned to child(ren) in which they are unrelated.


Child Development Partners - Beginning FY2016, every three years states are required to complete a State Plan for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) dollars received by the state to support low-income families with access to child care and improving the quality of child care.

On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law.  This reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and makes important statutory changes focused on better balancing the dual purposes of CCDF.  The new law helps to promote families’ economic self-sufficiency by making child care more affordable, and fostering healthy child development and school success by improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs.  It also makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them. 

Please see the summary document of recent changes to policies based on CCDF requirements.

CCDF State Plan FY16-FY18

The Office of Child Care has approved Michigan's FY2016-18 CCDF Plan. The plan along with a summary document of expected changes are posted below.

If you have questions about the CCDF State Plan, please contact Lisa Brewer Walraven at 517-373-4116 or by e-mail at As always, the department appreciates your support and comments. Please see all documents below.

FY16-18 CCDF State Plan August 2017

2015 Market Rate Survey

CCDF State Plan Waiver Requests

CCDF Combined Waiver Request May 2017

MI Amendment Approval Letter August 1, 2017

MI Background Check Extension Approval Letter July 11, 2017


The Michigan CDC Program partners with many local, state, and federal agencies to provide different types of assistance and resources to the public for child development and care. The following list of CDC Partners gives a brief overview of each partner's role within the program and information on how to contact them.

Great Start to Quality
Great Start to Quality (Michigan's Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System)

Great Start to Quality makes it easy for families to identify quality child care and preschool, helping them get the best for their child and the most for their money.

The easy-to-use website, helps families find and compare early childhood programs and providers based on state quality standards for care, safety, professionalism and early learning. Click here: to search for child care or preschool.

Great Start to Quality Resource Centers across the state offer families and providers access to free resources through lending libraries that include books and other learning materials to use with children. Great Start to Quality Resource Centers across the state support early childhood providers in their efforts to improve their programs by providing the following services and supports:

  • professional development and training,
  • quality improvement consultation and coaching,
  • free resources through lending libraries, and help with the rating process.

For more information, find your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center.

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Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC)
517-371- 9000

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation works to promote and implement innovative, high quality, research-based early childhood practices and policies that support a comprehensive, statewide early childhood system that will ensure every child's future success and the future success of the State of Michigan. Its work is grounded in the following values: collaboration, innovation, action, family focus, community focus, equity, engagement, professionalism, and accountability.

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Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS), Child Care Licensing Division

The Child Care Licensing Division, a part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Community Health System (BCHS), conducts onsite inspections to determine compliance with state law and licensing rules, provides technical assistance and consultation to improve the quality of service and investigates complaints alleging violations of licensing rules or law. The Child Care Licensing Division regulates family child care homes (1 to 6 children), group child care homes (7 to 12 children) and child care centers. Call BCHS at 1-866-685-0006 to get more information on becoming licensed or visit for more information about licensed child care.

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MI Bridges

MI Bridges is a web portal to provide Michigan's citizens with access to the benefits they need. Apply for child care assistance here as well as check the status of your benefits.



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Teacher Education And Compensation Helps® (T.E.A.C.H.)
1-866-MITEACH (1-866-648-3224)

This is a scholarship program for providers working in a licensed or registered early childhood program. This program helps cover most of the tuition and book costs, provides a travel allowance, and offers release time and a bonus for ongoing educational attainment. Providers must continue to work in the early childhood field at their child care setting or home program. Scholarships are available for associate or bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and to help cover the cost of the Child Development Associate (CDA) fees.

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Head Start State Collaboration Office

Head Start is the federal school readiness program supporting low-income children and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start serve children birth through Kindergarten entry in centers, child care partner locations and in their own homes. In addition to infants and toddlers, Early Head Start also serves pregnant women. Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive services, including health, early learning and family-well-being, that prepare children for success in school and beyond.  Visit this site for more information and to find the Head Start or Early Head Start program near you.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). This program may help child care centers, group and family child care homes and unlicensed providers who provide child care in their home and not the home of the child with the cost of meals and snacks given to children in their care. Visit the site listed above to find the CACFP sponsor in your area.

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