Here are a few things that parents should know about child care:
- All licensed child care providers receive yearly health and safety inspections. To find inspection reports visit the child care search.
- If a licensed child care provider has a Star Rating it means they participate in Great Start to Quality. An empty star rating means that a provider is not participating.
- Licensed child care providers, their staff, and unrelated license exempt providers must pass a background check and FBI fingerprint check before they can be alone with children in their care.
- The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) handles complaints against child care homes or centers. Visit the LARA complaint page for information about filing a complaint.
- To report complaints against license exempt providers, contact the Child Development and Care (CDC) Office within the Michigan Department of Education at 1-866-990-3227.
- The Michigan Department of Education is committed to providing equal access to child care for all children, including those receiving CDC subsidy. However, CDC payments may not cover all child care costs. Parents are responsible for all child care costs that are not paid by the CDC program.