CCDF State Plan FY 2019-FY21
Every three years, a State Plan must be completed for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) dollars received to support low-income families with access to child care and improving the quality of child care.
CCDF helps to promote families’ economic self-sufficiency by making child care more affordable, and fostering healthy child development and school success by improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs. It also makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is responsible for administering the federal child care subsidy funds, which are disbursed through the Office of Great Start (OGS) Child Development and Care (CDC) program. On August 31, 2018, the Department submitted our draft plan to the Office of Child Care.
MDE has created a plain language summary of the conditionally approved CCDF State Plan for Fiscal Year 2019-FY21 as of December 21, 2018 to help you understand what changes Michigan made to be in compliance with the requirements. As part of the conditional approval, MDE has an approved corrective action plan with an acceptance letter.
2017/2018 Market Rate Survey
One requirement of receiving CCDF funding is to conduct a child care market rate survey. States use market rate surveys to establish child care payment rates high enough to increase access to high quality, affordable child care of all types for families using subsidy. Until 2014, states studied prices rather than costs in the market rate survey. However, it has been found that the costs to facilities and providers for providing affordable high-quality care are often greater than the prices charged to parents. As a result, states are now encouraged to find ways to study costs in addition to the market rates.
MDE contracted with Public Policy Associates, Incorporated (PPA) to conduct the 2017 Market Rate Survey (MRS) and analysis of the cost of providing high-quality child care. A draft of the 2017 Market Rate Survey is posted here for your review.
CCDF State Plan Waiver Requests
Please see the Recent CDC Policy Changes based on CCDF Reauthorization summary document of recent changes to policies based on CCDF requirements.
CDC Program Data
The CDC Program Data Dashboard provides a high level overview of ongoing case and provider data.
The Michigan Child Development and Care (CDC) Program partners with many local, state, and federal agencies to provide different types of assistance and resources to the public for child development and care. The following list of CDC Partners gives a brief overview of each partner's role within the program and information on how to contact them.
Great Start to Quality makes it easy for families to identify quality child care and preschool, helping them get the best for their child and the most for their money.
The easy-to-use website, www.GreatStartToQuality.org helps families find and compare early childhood programs and providers based on state quality standards for care, safety, professionalism and early learning. Click here: www.GreatStartToQuality.org to search for child care or preschool.
Great Start to Quality Resource Centers across the state offer families and providers access to free resources through lending libraries that include books and other learning materials to use with children. Great Start to Quality Resource Centers across the state support early childhood providers in their efforts to improve their programs by providing the following services and supports:
- professional development and training,
- quality improvement consultation and coaching,
- free resources through lending libraries, and help with the rating process.
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation works to promote and implement innovative, high quality, research-based early childhood practices and policies that support a comprehensive, statewide early childhood system that will ensure every child's future success and the future success of the State of Michigan. Its work is grounded in the following values: collaboration, innovation, action, family focus, community focus, equity, engagement, professionalism, and accountability.
Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS), Child Care Licensing Division
The Child Care Licensing Division, a part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Community Health System (BCHS), conducts onsite inspections to determine compliance with state law and licensing rules, provides technical assistance and consultation to improve the quality of service and investigates complaints alleging violations of licensing rules or law. The Child Care Licensing Division regulates family child care homes (1 to 6 children), group child care homes (7 to 12 children) and child care centers. Call BCHS at 1-866-685-0006 to get more information on becoming licensed or visit www.michigan.gov/michildcare for more information about licensed child care.
Teacher Education And Compensation Helps® (T.E.A.C.H.)
This is a scholarship program for providers working in a licensed or registered early childhood program. This program helps cover most of the tuition and book costs, provides a travel allowance, and offers release time and a bonus for ongoing educational attainment. Providers must continue to work in the early childhood field at their child care setting or home program. Scholarships are available for associate or bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and to help cover the cost of the Child Development Associate (CDA) fees.
MiRegistry is a statewide data system for early childhood and out of school time providers. MiRegistry offers a statewide training calendar to support child care providers with finding training to meet their professional development needs. A provider can set up an online profile in the registry to track their employment, education, and training history.
Head Start is the federal school readiness program supporting low-income children and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start serve children birth through Kindergarten entry in centers, child care partner locations and in their own homes. In addition to infants and toddlers, Early Head Start also serves pregnant women. Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive services, including health, early learning and family-well-being, that prepare children for success in school and beyond. Visit this site for more information and to find the Head Start or Early Head Start program near you.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). This program may help child care centers, group and family child care homes and unlicensed providers who provide child care in their home and not the home of the child with the cost of meals and snacks given to children in their care. Visit the site listed above to find the CACFP sponsor in your area. For Healthier Child Care Environments Toolkits, please visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/snap_ed/childcare