Getting Started

    • The Child Development and Care Handbook has been updated as of July 1, 2020.

    • To see if you qualify for payment assistance, check out the Parent section of our website for details.

Contact US

    • For Questions Regarding:
    • Being a license exempt child care provider call 866-990-3227, ext. 1.
    • Your billing or child care payments call 866-990-3227 ext. 2.
    • License exempt provider criminal history reviews call 866-990-3227, ext. 5.
    • For child care licensing information call 866-685-0006 or visit
    • Great Start to Quality Orientation training, call 877.614.7328 or visit

What's New

  • Child Care Relief Fund Grants! The May grant application has closed. The June application will open on Monday, July 13 after 6:00 p.m.

    The Child Care Relief Fund is a non-competitive grant program that helps both open and closed child care providers in Michigan cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The goal of the program is to help child care providers stay in business and make child care more affordable for Michigan families.

    For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions (New 6/12/2020) document before completing the Grant Application.


  • Additional Resources for you!

    If you have questions about your application, please call 866-990-3227 prior to submitting your application.

    Note: Due to volume of applications and temporary State layoffs, grant processing will take at least 4-6 weeks. Incomplete or multiple applications will delay processing. In order to address backlog of April and May applications the Department has added additional staff to process the grants and has begun simplifying the grant processing procedures. We anticipate having April grants processed by July 17 and May grants processed by July 24.

    COVID-19 Notice: For up-to-date information about Governor Whitmer's order related to child care, frequently asked questions, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), and more, visit the child care page of Michigan's Coronavirus site.