Michigan Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Michigan or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Get Involved to Champion Child Care

With the expiration of federal funds impacting child care providers and families, we must come together to ensure funding remains a top priority for policymakers and advocates. Many states have moved forward to supplement expiring federal funds. However, a majority are yet to take action. What happens in state capitols will make a difference to child care providers and families. We encourage you to email your state senator and state representative to urge them to increase reimbursement rates for the child care subsidy program in Michigan.

Michigan Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Michigan, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Michigan Department of Education

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R Agency

Shared Services Organizations and NAEYC Regional Affiliates

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations like Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC) to learn more about their services. 

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care & Education Consortium and National Child Care Association are also partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly calls to share resources for advocacy with child care providers. To register, please visit Procare.Solutions/GetInvolved.

Michigan Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Michigan early learning standards: Michigan Child Care Licensing

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Michigan: Early Childhood Standards of Quality

Michigan Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Great Start to Quality.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Michigan state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Michigan

Understanding the cost of child care in Michigan is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Michigan
Michigan is near the median for child care costs by state. Infant care in a child care facility costs an average of $12,238 per year.

Child Care Affordability in Michigan

The loss of manufacturing jobs has made child care services less affordable for many Michigan families. The median family in Michigan would spend 12% of their gross pay on infant care services for a single child.

More Information on Michigan Child Care

The Michigan Department of Education manages child care licensing with strict requirements and provides valuable information and resources for parents and child care providers.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.