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Child Development and Care

The Child Development and Care Handbook has been updated as of July 1, 2022. To see if you qualify for payment assistance, check out the Parent section of our website for details.

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

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 2022 budget included funding for provider rate increases. Provider subsidy rate increases will be effective with pay period 122 (October 10, 2021 - October 23, 2021).

When Will I get my Rate Increase?

Supplemental payments have now processed and will be issued the week of December 13 for pay period 125 (November 21, 2021 - December 4, 2021).  

A letter with information about the rate increases has been mailed to all providers and families. You may review the  provider letter here and the parent letter here. You can view your Statement of Payment in I-billing for supplement details.

Provider Rate Increases: Supplement

On December 10, 2021, regular CDC payroll ran for Pay Period 125 (November 21, 2021 - December 4, 2021).  This generated a Statement of Payments that can be found on IBilling.  On December 11, 2021, the Department implemented the FY22 rate increases for child care providers.  This supplement included any billings received by the Department starting with PP 122 (October 10, 2021 - October 23, 2021) and ending with PP 125.

This Statement of Payments for the supplemental payments can also be found on IBilling.

Some providers received an "unable to process" error message.  The  technology team has identified the problem, the fix is expected to be in place for the Thursday, 12/16/2021 CDC payroll run. Payments would be issued next week. Providers will not need to rebill.

Family Contribution Amounts Waived - Beginning November 7, 2021

Family contribution (FC) amounts will be temporarily waived for all children, regardless of their provider assignment. This change will be in effect November 7, 2021 (pay period 124), through September 24, 2022 (pay period 220).

Notice of Temporary Relief Extended for Child Care Providers

Effective with pay period 122 (October 10, 2021 to October 23, 2021), child care providers accepting the subsidy will bill the state based on enrollment and not attendance. The Guidance for Temporary Billing Based on Enrollment and not Attendance memo explains how to bill in the manner. This policy will be in effect through September 30, 2023.

COVID Absence Hours

Providers can call the CDC program office to request a billing exception for absence hours that go beyond 10 consecutive days for COVID program closures or child absences due to COVID. Providers will be asked to verify specific dates along with the children impacted (including child ID) when they call 866-990-3227 to request the absence hour billing exception. Effective March 28th until further notice. 

CARES Monthly Grant Information

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