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CCDF State Plan FY 2022-FY24

Every three years, a State Plan must be completed for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) dollars received to support low-income families with access to child care and improving the quality of child care.

CCDF 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.

The plan will be submitted to the Office of Child Care (Administration for Children and Families) on June 30, 2021 for review and approval.

Public Hearing and Comment Information

You may review a draft of the CCDF State Plan for Fiscal Year 2022-2024, by section, which will be posted for your review and comments through May 7, 2021.

In addition, you can find a DRAFT version of the 2020 Market Rate Survey for review and comment.

If you would like to make a comment on the draft CCDF State Plan, you can do so in one of the following ways:

  • Participate in one of three webinars that will be held to provide an overview of the CCDF State Plan and Market Rate Survey to solicit comments:
  • Share your feedback by participating in weekly topical surveys, which will provide you an opportunity to comment on specific topic areas from the State Plan.  You can access each of the surveys until May 7, 2021.  Links will be distributed to partners and posted at this webpage as they become available.
  • Participate in a regional listening session hosted by the Early Childhoold Support Networks (ECSNs) where you can provide comments on specific topic areas from the state plan.  To register for a regional listening session:
  • Submit written comments to the MDE Office of Great Start - Child Development and Care.  Comments must be submitted prior to close of business on Friday, May 7, 2021, and can be submitted in any of the following ways:
    • By fax to 517-241-8679
    • By email to

If you have questions about these opportunities, please contact Lisa Brewer Walraven at 517-241-9492 or at  As always, your support and comments are appreciated.

CCDF State Plan FY 2019-FY21

MDE has created a plain language summary of the conditionally approved CCDF State Plan for Fiscal Year 2019-FY21  as of December 21, 2018 to help you understand what changes Michigan made to be in compliance with the requirements. As part of the conditional approval, MDE submits corrective action plan updates to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) based on our approved corrective action plan.  You may also review the following State Plan amendment acceptance letters:

2017/2018 Market Rate Survey

One requirement of receiving CCDF funding is to conduct a child care market rate survey.  States use market rate surveys to establish child care payment rates high enough to increase access to high quality, affordable child care of all types for families using subsidy.  Until 2014, states studied prices rather than costs in the market rate survey.  However, it has been found that the costs to facilities and providers for providing affordable high-quality care are often greater than the prices charged to parents.  As a result, states are now encouraged to find ways to study costs in addition to the market rates.

MDE contracted with Public Policy Associates, Incorporated (PPA) to conduct the 2017 Market Rate Survey (MRS) and analysis of the cost of providing high-quality child care.  The 2017 Market Rate Survey is posted here for your review.

CCDF State Plan Waiver Requests

CCDF State Plan Conditional Approval (including criminal background check information) October 30, 2018

CCDF State Plan Conditional Approval (including health and safety requirement information) December 21, 2018

Please see the Recent CDC Policy Changes based on CCDF Reauthorization summary document of recent changes to policies based on CCDF requirements.

CDC Program Data

The CDC Program Data Dashboard provides a high level overview of ongoing case and provider data.

Partner Contacts

The Michigan Child Development and Care (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.
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)

Child Care Licensing Bureau  (CCLB)

The Child Care Licensing Bureau, a part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, 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 Bureau regulates family child care homes (1 to 6 children), group child care homes (7 to 12 children) and child care centers. Call CCLB 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 HelpsĀ® (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.

Michigan Registry


MiRegistry is a statewide data system for early childhood and out of school time providers.  MiRegistry offers a statewide training calendar to support child care providers with finding training to meet their professional development needs.  A provider can set up an online profile in the registry to track their employment, education, and training history.


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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. For Healthier Child Care Environments Toolkits, please visit

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