LARA Hosts Child Care Provider Access Fairs this Weekend Across Michigan to Help Open New Sites

September 16, 2021 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB), announced today that they will be hosting Access Fairs this Fall in Traverse City on September 18, 2021 and Grand Rapids on September 22, 2021. These fairs bring together all of the essential elements of child care licensing to speed up the process for professionals to more quickly and cost-efficiently open their own child care facility in order to meet Michigan's need for child care.

During the pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever how crucial access to safe, quality and affordable child care is to Michigan's children, families, and economy. Many families have had to leave the workforce because they were unable to find care for their kids which has added pressure to Michigan's economic recovery.

"Child care providers play such an important role in supporting children, families, and our community. These fairs will make it easier than ever for new providers to start their business. We'll be on site with answers to all of your questions and a few freebies to get you started," says CCLB Director, Emily Laidlaw. "Having access to affordable, quality child care is important for working families in our state. Parents need to have access to child care so they may go to their work and be comfortable knowing their child is being cared for in a safe, enriching and quality environment."

Staff at the fair will help you walk through opening your own licensed facility. Here are the steps to becoming a licensed child care provider:

  1. Submit a complete application packet that includes:
    • Application
    • Verify completion of required health and safety training
    • Pass a facility inspection that includes radon and environmental health inspections
    • Obtain medical clearance, including a current TB test

2. Register your fingerprints and establish eligibility to work with children

3. Attend a LARA Rules Orientation Session

4. Pass a final facility inspection prior to opening

CCLB plans on holding additional Child Care Access Fairs during the rest of 2021 and throughout 2022. The goal of these fairs is to provide more information to anyone thinking about becoming a child care provider and provide business startup supports that move them more quickly through the process of becoming licensed.

Free business startup support is available to interested persons and include:

  • Up to $750 reimbursed for compliance startup costs for new businesses
  • FREE AT&T Hot Spots- with an AT&T service contract required for activation
  • FREE Radon test kits- 1000 kits available courtesy of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE)
  • FREE background checks
  • FREE professional development

Child Care Provider Access Fair Details:

September 18, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Traverse City - Path Pavilion and Amphitheater: 1213 W. Civic Center Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686;

September 22, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Grand Rapids - Kent Intermediate School District Conference Center: 1633 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
To learn more about child care licensing and regulations, or how to file a complaint, please visit

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