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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 22, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Michigan, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website or the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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Description of Program and Relief

Child Care Relief Fund

Description of Program and Relief

Michigan created the Child Care Relief Fund to provide direct, non-competitive grants to child care providers. The Child Care Relief Fund consists of $100 million in federal CARES Act funding and $30 million from Michigan’s child care fund. These funds will help ensure:

  • Child care providers currently serving essential workers remain open, and costs associated with providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic are not passed on to essential workers.

  • Child care providers can stay afloat during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” state of emergency.

  • Child care is more affordable to families now, and as our economy begins to reopen.

  • Child care providers across the state have the resources needed to reopen for Michigan’s workforce when the recovery process of the current COVID-19 pandemic begins and more families are in need of child care options.

  • Grants start at $1,500 for home-based providers and $3,000 for child care centers. Additional funds will be awarded based on the size of the provider, whether they are open and serving essential workers, and their quality rating.

Government or Lead Agency

Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Care

Dates Available

April 2020 – June 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Child care providers, whether operating during the COVID-19 crisis or closed due to Executive Order, are eligible, including:

  • Licensed child care centers

  • Family homes and group homes

  • Tribal child care

  • Provisionally licensed (disaster relief child care centers) created under EO 2020-51

  • Head Start and GSRP programs that also provide tuition-based child care (wrap around child care for the program day is not considered tuition-based child care)

  • License-exempt child care providers who serve Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy eligible children are eligible for a one-time grant payment of $550

Grant recipients must agree not to charge a fee to hold a child’s spot in a program while receiving grant funds.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Applications can be accessed here.

Contact for More Information

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Child Development and Care Office at the Michigan Department of Education at 866-990-3227 or your Regional Resource Center at 877-614-7328.

List of Additional Information

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