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Child Development and Care: Parents - Help with childcare is available to parents who meet eligibility requirements to receive assistance with the costs of accessing high quality child care. The resources below will help you understand if you are eligible, how to apply, and how to select the right child care provider.

Child Care Expansion Handout

We are pleased to announce updated information regarding financial relief that will positively impact child care providers and families. This updated financial relief information in Spanish is also available.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Am I eligible for child care assistance?

A: You may qualify for Michigan's Child Development and Care subsidy program if you need childcare while you are engaged in:

  • Employment
    • Employment or self-employment
  • An approved activity
    • College or university undergraduate education, such as associate or bachelor degree, including online programs (Does not include graduate, medical, or law school)
    • Employment preparation or training, such as a trade certificate or training program
  • High school completion
    • General educational development (GED)
    • Adult basic education (ABE)
    • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Family preservation
    • Participating in an approved counseling or treatment program for a physical, emotional, or mental condition

For a complete list of approved need reasons, please review the Bridges Eligibility Manual (BEM 703) policy. To find out if you could qualify for assistance, review the Income Eligibility Scale. For most families, the department pays less than the full cost of childcare. Families are expected to pay the difference between the subsidy payment and the provider's actual charge.

Q: How do I apply for assistance?

A: If you need help paying for your child care, assistance may be available. Use MI Bridges to apply. If you cannot use MI Bridges to apply, you can use the paper MDHHS Application for Assistance (DHS-1171). If you plan to use a license exempt (formerly known as unlicensed) child care provider who is not currently enrolled by the Department of Education, you will also need to have your provider complete the Child Development and Care License Exempt Provider Application. Make sure that your provider reads and meets the requirements to be an MDE enrolled license-exempt child care provider. Have your provider submit the completed form, along with the required verifications, to the address or fax number listed on the application as soon as possible.

Q: How can I find licensed child care providers in my area?

A: To find licensed child care providers in your area, visit www.GreatStarttoQuality.org. Great Start to Quality has local resource centers throughout Michigan where staff can help you find child care that fits your budget and schedule. Please call 877-614-7328 for more information.

PARENT FORMS & PUBLICATIONS

MDHHS-1171 Application for Assistance

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services application contains multiple program information and supplement forms. Be sure to read the information booklet before you sign the Assistance Application. Both the application and information booklet are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. The entire application for assistance, as well as the applicable program supplement form(s), must be printed, completed, and delivered to the MDHHS office closest to you. If you are unable to finish the entire application today, you may complete the filing form page titled Applicant Registration and return it to MDHHS.

MDHHS-1171 Application for Assistance (English/Spanish/Arabic)

CDC Application Verification Checklist

CDC Application Verification Checklist

Child Care Provider Verification

Verificación del Proveedor de Desarrollo y Cuidado Infantil (CDC)

Verify the child care provider you have chosen and the date care began. Form DHS-4025.

 

Child Care Provider Verification

Child Development And Care (CDC) Handbook

Manual de Desarrollo y Cuidado Infantil (CDC) del Estado de Michigan

Includes information on program rules and requirements that you are required to follow.
 

Child Development And Care (CDC) Handbook

A Parent's Guide To Early Learning & Care In Michigan

A Checklist For Families.
A Parent's Guide To Early Learning & Care In Michigan

Parent Resources

Apply for Child Care Assistance

An electronic application to receive child care payment assistance.

Apply for Child Care Assistance

CDC Application Process

Desarrollo y Cuidado Infantil: proceso de solicitud del cliente

A step-by-step process to applying for CDC assistance.

CDC Client Application Process

Income Eligibility Scale and Family Contribution

Use the following Income Eligibility Chart to determine if you may be income eligible.

Income Eligibility Scale and Family Contribution

CDC Reimbursement Rates

The Department pays part of the cost of child care for approved families.

CDC Reimbursement Rates

CDC Policy Manuals

This document contains links to many of the current, official policy manuals for the CDC program. The CDC Handbook is a plain language summary for these manuals. Please note that some of the manuals also contain policies for other assistance programs, such as food, cash, and Medicaid.

CDC Policy Manuals

Authorization to Release Information (DHS-27)

If you would like to release information about your case to your provider, you may submit this form, or a written notice, to your local MDHHS office.

Authorization to Release Information (DHS-27)

A Parent's Guide to Child Care Licensing

For more information on choosing the right provider for you.

A Parent's Guide to Child Care Licensing

Is This the Right Place for my Child?

This resource may be helpful in selecting quality child care options.

Is This the Right Place for my Child?

Great Start to Quality

To find a licensed or registered provider in your area.
Great Start to Quality