Getting Started

    • The Child Development and Care Handbook has been updated as of January 1, 2021.

    • 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

  • Please see the REVISED CDC Guidance for care for School Age Children.

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

    Why are these grants available? The Legislature authorized MDE to expand this round of the Child Care Relief Fund to include operational funds for providers and tuition credits for families. Initially, $125 million was appropriated. Nearly $25 million was awarded to tuition credits to date, $20 million is supporting new subsidy policies related to school age children and absence hours, $10 million was redirected to support other COVID priorities, and the remaining $70 million will support Round 6. 

    Update on Round 6 of the Child Care Relief Fund:

    Thank you to every provider that submitted an application for Round 6 of the Child Care Relief Fund. There was a tremendous response from across the state - clearly signaling an ongoing need for funding to support child care providers. Unfortunately, there are limited resources to pay grants. While MDE has been able to reallocate some funds to respond to the significant number of applications, some Round 6 applications will not be funded at this time.

    How will I know if my application will be funded?

    Grants are being awarded on a first come, first serve basis (determined by when an application was submitted and verified as complete). MDE will post a list of grants that have been approved for payment. Once all funding is expended, MDE will contact any applicant we are unable to fund to notify you.

    What happens if my application is not funded?

    We know this is a difficult time, and we are continuing to advocate for additional investments in child care. If additional funds become available, any application that was not funded will be first in line to receive funding.

    In the meantime, we encourage you to monitor for additional funding opportunities and updates.

  • To check the status of your grant application payment, please go to CARES Grant Payments Submitted to Treasury for Processing

  • Frequently Asked Questions from Previous Grant Rounds

    Additional Resources for you!