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Child Development and Care

The Child Development and Care Handbook has been updated as of March 30, 2023. To see if you qualify for payment assistance, check out the Parent section of our website for details.

Apply to become a license exempt related or unrelated child care provider: Apply to become a license-exempt provider. Scroll down to the Provider's section of our website for more information. 

For Questions Regarding:

  • The child care grants, call 866-990-3227 option 1.
  • Being a license exempt child care provider, call 866-990-3227, option. 2.

Your billing or child care payments, call 866-990-3227 option 3.

License exempt provider criminal history reviews, call 866-990-3227, ext. 5.

Child care licensing information, call 866-685-0006 or visit

Great Start to Quality Orientation training, call 877-614-7328 or visit

Child Care Call Center Hours: Beginning Monday August 16, 2021, CDC will have new call center hours. Our Hours will be 9:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:30 - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please call 866-990-3227 for questions.

Review the draft CCDF State Plan for FY22-24


In the fall of 2021 the Department of Education was appropriated $1.4B to support child care in Michigan. Here’s an update on the funds are being spent:

On May 16, 2022, Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Caring for MI Future – a $100 million investment in new and expanding child care businesses.

For full details on grant opportunities for entrepreneurs: 

Summer 2022 Child Care Stabilization Grants

For the Summer Stabilization Grant we will release on August 9 and close on September 9. Report will be due no later than July 1, 2023 (all unspent funds returned by July 15, 2023). Award letters to be issued September 30 with payments to providers the first week of October. Follow the Summer grant page link for webinar information and grant updates as they become available.

Get information about Summer 2022 Child Care Stabilization Grant

Spring 2022 Child Care Stabilization Grants

We will release the Spring grant spending report August 2. Report will be due no later than March 1, 2023 (all unspent funds returned by March 15, 2023). Follow the Spring grant page link for webinar information.

Get information about Spring 2022 Child Care Stabilization Grant

Fall 2021 Child Care Stabilization Grants

Get information about Fall 2021 Child Care Stabilization Grant


Learn more about how to get help paying for child care and apply today.

Do I Qualify? Child Care Eligibility Expansion Handout

Apply today using MIBridges!

Round 6 Child Care Relief Fund Grants Update - Outstanding Payments to Be Released Week of June 27

The Department of Education is pleased to announce we are now able to process Round 6 Child Care Relief Fund applications for eligible providers that were previously not funded. 

Provider Rate Increases

The fiscal year 2023 budget included funding for provider rate increases. The rate increases will be effective beginning with pay period 222 (October 9, 2022 – October 22, 2023).

A letter with information about the rate increases and other positive changes will be mailed to all parents and providers. You may review the financial relief for parents and providers letter. A Spanish translation of the financial relief letter is also available.

Family Contribution Amounts Waived - November 7, 2021 Through September 23, 2023

Family contribution (FC) amounts are temporarily waived for all children, regardless of their provider assignment. This change will be in effect November 7, 2021 (pay period 124), through September 23, 2023 (pay period 319).

Revised Notice of Temporary Relief for Child Care Providers

Child care providers accepting the subsidy are temporarily instructed to bill the state based on enrollment and not attendance. The guidance for this billing has been updated and should be reviewed again by all providers. The Revised Guidance for Temporary Billing Based on Enrollment and not Attendance addresses billing for both care hours and absence hours and is in effect October 21, 2022, through September 30, 2023. A Spanish translation of the revised guidance is also available.

CARES Monthly Grant Information

Get Monthly Grant Information