Open Providers

Are you currently serving the children of essential workers?

It is important to stay safe, healthy, and informed, particularly for those who continue to be on the front lines of caring for children and families. Our goal is to keep you, your staff, and your community informed and safe; continue necessary business operations in service of the essential workforce and our part to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This portal provides current and trusted resources to assist you in your service to families. ECIC staff is available to address questions you may have regarding resources and applications.

Executive Order No 2020-4 was issued on March 10, 2020 and expands access to assist the children and families of the essential workforce. To encourage currently licensed childcare centers to continue to provide crucial access to childcare during the state of emergency, LARA will relax the regulatory requirements of the following administrative rules:

  • 8179 Program
  • 8113(7)-(14) Program director qualifications; responsibilities
  • 8122(5)-(7) Lead caregiver; qualifications; responsibilities
  • 8170(4) Outdoor play area
  • 8173(7) Equipment

All other administrative rules and related provisions of Public Act 116, as amended, are required to be met to maintain compliance.

Once the state of emergency is lifted licensed childcare centers will need to comply with all the regulatory requirements, including the administrative rules listed above.

On-Going Tasks for Open Providers

Financial Resources

Child Care Relief Fund

We have worked to assemble all the up to date information for the Child Care Relief Fund. View details, links and upcoming webinars here.

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PPE, Health and Safety

PPE, Health and Safety Overview PPE to Keep Your Workplace and Employees Safe: SBAM has compiled a list of resources of Personal Protective Equipment MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is

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CDC Provider Rate Increases

CDC Provider Rate Increases Overview Child Development Care (CDC or subsidy) provider rate increases went into effect as of April 20, 2020. Effective date is January 1, 2020; back payments

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From the CDC

Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Implement screening procedures up arrival

Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness should not be admitted to the facility.


Modify drop off and pick up procedures

Place hand-sanitizer next to the sign-in sheet and meet parents outside.


Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts

Review national standards for cleaning facilities for children


Implement Social Distancing Strategies

Consider staging arrival times, create separate classrooms for healthcare workers and more.


A Few Notes

Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety. Plan ahead and recruit additional staff, with childcare experience, to ensure you have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in as-needed

When feasible, staff members and older children should wear face coverings within the facility. Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under the age of two because of the danger of suffocation.

Most importantly, take care of yourself. Regular mindfulness activities and video sessions that help you center and refocus your energy can be found at