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Information and Resources - If you are a licensed or registered child care provider, or wish to become one, we encourage you to take advantage of our information and resources to help you provide quality care.

If you provide care for a child receiving child care assistance from the State, use these resources to help you through the billing and payment process.

Unlicensed Child Care Providers are adults, age 18 or older, who are enrolled to provide child care for up to four children at a time (or six children, if all children are siblings, or living at the same address). Unlicensed providers can provide care in their own home or the child's home if they are related by blood, marriage or adoption as a:

  • Grandparent/Great-grandparent
  • Aunt/Great aunt
  • Uncle/Great uncle
  • Sibling (only if the provider and the child do not live together).

Unlicensed Child Care Providers who are not related to the child can only provide care in the child's home. You must meet requirements and apply to become an unlicensed provider in order to receive assistance payments for a child that you care for. Go to the Unlicensed Provider Application to begin the process.


How do you become a licensed/registered provider?

If you wish to be licensed as a child care center/group child care home or registered as a family child care home, call the Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS) toll free at 1-866-685-0006 or visit:

As a licensed provider, how do I accept MDHHS CDC subsidy-eligible children?

If you’re currently a licensed provider and wish to accept an MDHHS CDC subsidy-eligible child(ren) into your program, you will need to complete the DHS-4025, Provider Verification form (located in the Parent Forms and Publications section of this website), selecting you as their provider. They will submit the form to their MDHHS eligibility specialist. No other forms are necessary.

For reimbursement, please go to the Provider Resources section of this webpage and review the I-Billing instructions and Billing help information.

How do you apply to become an unlicensed provider?

You must meet eligibility requirements to become an unlicensed provider in order to receive assistance payments for a child that you care for. To begin, complete an application, which can be found below or call 1-866-990-3227.

How should I bill as a child care provider?

To be paid, you must submit billing information to the Department using I-Billing (Internet Billing). You will need to know:

  • Your provider ID number.
  • Your personal identification number (PIN).
  • The pay period number (see Payment Schedule).
  • The number of hours the child(ren) were in care while the parent attended his or her authorized activity (using your time and attendance records).

How will I be reimbursed?

Payments are based on the parent's eligibility and the child's attendance. Providers submit their billing to the Department every two-weeks and are paid every two weeks. The estimated check mailing date and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) deposit dates are listed on the CDC Payment Schedule. Provider billing information submitted after the deadline, but within seven days of the deadline, will be paid the following week.

Provider Forms & Publications

Provider Forms & Publications

Providers Resources

Provider Resources