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The 2020 Child Care Market Rate Survey If you are a licensed child care provider in Michigan, we want to hear from you.


The Child Development and Care (CDC) program helps many Michigan families pay for child care. The child care subsidy payment rates have been increasing because providers like you completed a survey regarding child care prices. Do not miss this opportunity to influence future child care subsidy payment rates.


Even if you do not accept subsidy payments, information about the prices you charge will help to make sure that the program's reimbursement rates are fair.


Please use the following link to access the survey:


The survey will take less than 15 minutes. When you finish the survey, you will be entered into a random drawing for one of ten Visa gift cards worth $150 each.


If you have questions about completing the survey for multiple locations or need assistance with completing the survey, the survey team can be reached at 1-844-985-1290 or


Provider Payment Notice for Pay Period 014: Effective Pay Period 014 (June 21, 2020 - July 4, 2020 and ongoing), providers should bill for children ONLY when the child is in attendance and your facility is open.


Notice of Provider Training Requirements: Child care providers have a new requirement to complete ongoing health and safety training annually. The Michigan Ongoing Health and Safety Refresher Training 2020 is currently offered online. To find the online training, go to and enter “Refresher 2020” in the Course Title field on the Search for Training page. A face to face version of this training was planned; but, it has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Details related to this training requirement are also provided in the CDC handbook.


Licensed providers must complete by October 31, 2020, and License Exempt providers must complete by December 31, 2020.


Online Health and Safety Training is available to support licensed child care providers with meeting new health and safety licensing requirements. You can find the health and safety training at There are two courses. Each course is four hours and covers several health and safety topics and child development. Licensed Providers that complete both courses will receive eight hours of professional development. If you have not already created an account in MiRegistry you will need to do so when you go in to sign up for training. Click on the 'create an account' option to get started. 

Information and Resources - If you are a licensed child care provider, or wish to become one, we encourage you to take advantage of our information and resources to help you provide quality care.

If you provide care for a child receiving child care assistance from the State, use these resources to help you through the billing and payment process.

License exempt Child Care Providers are adults, age 18 or older, who are enrolled to provide child care for up to six children at a time.  License exempt providers can provide care in their own home or the child's home if they are related by blood, marriage or adoption as a:

  • (Great) Grandparent
  • (Great) Aunt or Uncle
  • Sibling (only if the provider and the child do not live together).

License exempt Child Care Providers who are not related to the child can only provide care in the child's home. You must meet requirements and apply to become a license exempt provider in order to receive assistance payments for a child that you care for. Go to the License Exempt Provider Application to begin the process.


Q: How do I become a licensed provider?

A: If you wish to be licensed as a child care center, group child care home or family child care home, call the Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS) toll free at 1-866-685-0006 or visit:

Q: As a licensed provider, how do I accept CDC subsidy-eligible children?

A: If you are currently a licensed provider and wish to accept a CDC subsidy-eligible child(ren) into your program, you and the parent will need to complete the DHS-4025, Provider Verification form, selecting you as their provider. The parent will submit the form to MDHHS. All staff that have contact with children will also have to complete a comprehensive background check.

For reimbursement, please go to the Provider Resources section and review the I-Billing instructions and Billing help information.

Q: How do I apply to become a license exempt provider?

A: You must meet eligibility requirements to become a license exempt provider in order to receive assistance payments for a child that you care for. To begin, complete a CDC License Exempt Provider Application, which can also be found below or call 1-866-990-3227.

Q: Who do I contact for questions about Great Start to Quality (GSQ) Orientation or the Quality Rating Process?

A:  For more information about GSQ Orientation or the Quality Rating process, please call 877-614-7328 or visit and click "Providers and Educators".  For Orientation, select "Learn about Orientation". For the Quality Rating Process, select "Learn about Participating".

Q: How much does a fingerprint background check cost?

A: The fingerprint background check costs $63.00. The provider or applicant is responsible for this cost. The fingerprint background check is not required for license exempt - related providers.

Q: How should I bill as a child care provider?

A: To be paid, you must submit billing information to the Department using I-Billing (Internet Billing). You will need to know:

  • Your provider ID number.
  • Your personal identification number (PIN).
  • The pay period number (see Payment Schedule).
  • The number of hours the child(ren) were in care while the parent attended his or her authorized activity (using your time and attendance records).

Q: How will I be reimbursed?

A: Payments are based on the parent's eligibility and the child's attendance. Providers submit their billing to the Department every two weeks and are paid every two weeks. The estimated check mailing date and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) deposit dates are listed on the CDC Payment Schedule. Provider billing information submitted after the deadline, but within seven days of the deadline, will be paid the following week.

Q: What is the FBI fingerprint appeal process?  

A: For additional details about the FBI fingerprint process, see the License Exempt Provider FBI Fingerprint Process.

Q: What if I am found ineligible prior to fingerprinting?

A: If you are found ineligible to be a license exempt provider before your fingerprint and background check is complete, you will receive a letter from the Child Development and Care office explaining the reason for the denial. After reviewing the letter, if you have questions, you may contact 866-990-3227 for assistance.

Q: What if I am found ineligible after fingerprinting?

A: If you are found ineligible to be a license exempt provider, you will be notified by the Child Care Background Check unit within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  The notice will include the reason for your ineligibility.  LARA will send you a form that tells you how to request a re-determination, in the event that this determination was made based upon inaccurate information or records. If you have questions about your fingerprint denial you may contact LARA for assistance at 844-765-2247.


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