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Child Care Licensing

About the Child Care Licensing Bureau

The Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB) performs state licensing regulatory duties as required by state laws and federal requirements.

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Child Care Hub Information Records Portal (CCHIRP)

The new Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) Child Care Hub Information Records Portal (CCHIRP) system has launched. This new system provides an enhanced experience for managing licenses and simplifying the way you communicate information with MiLEAP and the State of Michigan.

MiLEAP is excited to bring you this new tool to help streamline the Child Care licensing process. We understand that navigating new systems can take some time, and  our goal is to support you through this transition so you can confidently complete your actions in the system.

We encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your Consultant or contact our main office by calling 517-284-9730 or via email

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Caring For MI Future

Caring for Mi Future is a $100 million strategy to open 1,000 new child care programs by the end of 2024. This is one piece of a historic $1.4 billion investment to expand access to quality, affordable child care for families. To date, the governor has expanded access to free or low cost child care for 150,000 more kids and their families, awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to nearly 6,000 child care businesses, and provided bonuses up to $1,000 for 38,000 child care professionals.

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Our Strong Start

Resources for New Child Care Entrepreneurs

Our Strong Start has a team of trained Navigators ready to support child care entrepreneurs in understanding and navigating the state child care licensing process. They are available to answer questions and to provide information about resources and training opportunities within the child care system.

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Child Care Background Check

The Child Care Background Check Program is specifically for the comprehensive background check of licensed child care providers in the state of Michigan.

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MiAEYC Scholarship Opportunity

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NEW Michigan AEYC programs to support Directors and new program staff: Early Foundations Cohort and Director Network.

The Michigan AEYC Early Foundations program assists with staffing challenges and provides onboarding support for busy directors. New staff and/or staff in new positions will gain immediate skills needed to feel supported and be successful in the classroom even before achieving a CDA or degree. Program participants who complete the 4-month cohort are eligible for a $1,000 completion stipend!

Directors statewide are invited to join a network of their peers and receive group and individual coaching on personalized topics relevant to their needs. Participants will engage in monthly synchronous, asynchronous, and even regional in-person meeting opportunities AND be compensated for their participation time.

For more information about eligibility and the application process, contact or visit to live chat with a specialist.

Family & Group Home Capacity

Requesting Increases to Capacity and Ratio for Homes

The recent changes to PA 116 allows family and group homes to request an increase in capacity if the licensee meets certain conditions. To help streamline the process, the Child Care Licensing Bureau has developed a form for licensees to request the increase in capacity and a variance to allow for a ratio increase.

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Child Care Staffing Shortages

Rule Exception Requests

Child care staffing shortages throughout the state have made it difficult to find caregivers for our youngest Michiganders. With over 9,000 vacancies, shortages of staff are impacting the industry’s ability to serve children and families. To help meet this need the Child Care Licensing Bureau is now accepting requests for exceptions to the rules, “rule variances”, identified by child care professionals as barriers to bringing on new staff members. 

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