Child Care Information

Child Care Settings

Child Care Centers: Child care centers are classroom-based programs that provide care and education for children including child care, preschools, before and after school programs and Head Start programs.

Group Child Care Homes: Group Homes provide care and education for up to 12 children with two or more adult caregivers.

Family Child Care Homes: Family homes provide care and education for up to six children with one adult caregiver.

Unlicensed Providers: An unlicensed child care provider is an adult who is 18 years or older and enrolled by DHS to provide care for up to 4 children at one time either where the child lives, or provides care in their home. To qualify to provide care for the child in the provider's home, the provider must be related to the child(ren) by blood, marriage or adoption as a:
- Grandparent/great-grandparent
- Uncle/Great-uncle
- Aunt/Great-Aunt
- Sibling

What is High Quality Child Care?

Questions to Ask when Choosing a Child Care Provider?

1. What are the qualifications of the staff?
2. Can I visit anytime?
3. What is your discipline policy?
4. Can my child bring comfort items from home?
5. What is the ratio of caregivers to children?
6. How many children will you take?
7. How much do you charge?
8. When do you expect payments?
9. Do you charge when my child is not there?
10. Do you accept DHS Child Care subsidy?

*Information provided by Great Start to Quality Resource Centers.

To learn more about how to find high quality childcare follow the link below to "Is This The Right Place For My Child-38 Research-Based Indicators of Quality Child Care"


Great Start to Quality

Great Start to Quality is a rating system that improves early childhood development services and outcomes for Michigan’s families. Michigan’s new Great Start to Quality program helps early childhood educators—those working in child care, pre-k, family homes and Head Start programs—improve the quality of their programs while helping families find the best early learning settings for their children.

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Helpful Links

Michigan's Child Care Licensing

Great Start to Quality Resource Center Provides a variety of services for parents, guardians and child care providers throughout the State of Michigan

Parent Guides- This guide will help you in your search for high quality child care or preschool