LARA Hosts Child Care Provider Access Fairs to Help Open New Sites

October 21, 2021 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB), announced today that they will be hosting Access Fairs in Detroit on October 23, 2021 and November 6, 2021. These fairs can help speed up the licensing process in order to meet Michigan's need for child care. Fairs will also have free childcare onsite and the Wayne Health Mobile Unit will be available to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

During the pandemic, it has become more evident that Michiganders need access to safe, quality and affordable child care. Many families have had to leave the workforce because they were unable to find care for their kids which has added pressure to Michigan's economic recovery.

"Child care providers play such an important role in supporting children, families, and our community. These fairs will make it easier than ever for new providers to start their business. We'll be on site with answers to all of your questions and a few freebies to get you started," said CCLB Director, Emily Laidlaw. "Having access to affordable, quality child care is important for working families in our state. Parents need to have access to child care so they may go to their work and be comfortable knowing their child is being cared for in a safe, enriching and quality environment."

Staff at the fair will help attendees walk through the steps to becoming a licensed child care provider such as:

  1. Submitting a complete application packet that includes:  
    • An application
    • Verification that the applicant has completed required health and safety training
    • Passing a facility inspection that includes radon and environmental health inspections
    • Obtaining medical clearance, including a current TB test
  1. Registering fingerprints and establishing eligibility to work with children
  2. Attending a LARA Rules Orientation Session
  3. Passing a final facility inspection prior to opening

CCLB plans on holding additional Child Care Access Fairs during the remainder of 2021 and throughout 2022. The goal of these fairs is to provide more information to anyone thinking about becoming a child care provider and to provide business startup supports that move them more quickly through the process of becoming licensed.

Free business startup support is available to interested persons and include:

  • Up to $750 reimbursed for compliance startup costs for new businesses
  • FREE AT&T Hot Spots- with an AT&T service contract required for activation
  • FREE Radon test kits- 1000 kits available courtesy of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE)
  • FREE background checks
  • FREE professional development

Child Care Provider Access Fair Details:

Westside Detroit - Northwest Activities Center:
18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, MI
October 23, 2021, 11am-1pm

Eastside Detroit - Farwell Recreation Center:
2711 Outer Dr. E., Detroit, MI
November 6, 2021, 12:30pm-2:30pm

To learn more about child care licensing and regulations, or how to file a complaint, please visit