Child Care Information


Child Care Settings

Child Care Centers: Childcare centers are classroom-based programs that provide care and education
for children including childcare, 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 6 children with one adult

Unlicensed Providers: An unlicensed childcare provider is an adult who is 18 years old 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, “Is This The Right Place For My Child-38 Research-Based Indicators for 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.

For more information visit:


Helpful Links:

Michigan’s Child Care Licensing

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

Parent Guides – This guide will help you in your search for high quality childcare or preschool