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Information on the Child Care Bureau


The Child Care Bureau's Mission
The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training.
Overview of the Child Care and Development Fund
This program, authorized by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PL 104-193, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. Show Federal Fiscal Years 2002-2003 CCDF overview and other general CCDF information.



Let's Get Creative About Respite - These two guides were written by a group in Connecticut. There is a lot of information contained in the two guides that can be used in any state. The second guide titled "What you need to know about me" is really nice to fill out on YOUR child and give to new teachers, aides, child care/respite care workers, etc. The guides are: Let's Get Creative About Respite: A Parent's Guide (PDF) and Let's Get Creative About Respite: What You Need To Know About Me (PDF).

Centros de Cuidado para Niños y La Ley Para Personas con Desabilidades
(Child Care Setting and the Americans with Disabilities Act)


Child Care: Inclusion as Enrichment
Focal Point
Fall 2001
Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University


Inclusive Child Care – Quality Child Care for All Children
Child Care Bulletin, Issue 21, 1999


The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA): Eligibility, IEPs and Placement


Individualizing: A Plan for Success
Head Start Bureau


Integrate Children with Disabilities into Preschool
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education


Position on Inclusion
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
& the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Updated 1998


Preschool Inclusion Manual (PDF)
Circle of Inclusion


Resource Guide: Selected Early Childhood / Early Intervention Training Materials, 8th Edition (1999) (PDF)
by Camille Catlett and Pam Winston
University of North Carolina
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center




MI LAP Respite Center is a nonprofit agency in Lansing, MI providing lifespan respite services for families who care for children or adults with disabilities, chronic illness, or age-related conditions.

Online Resources Cater to Caregivers - Caregiver Helper, one of several popular Web site services focusing on taking care of loved ones, provides information on emergency contacts, medications, the patient's favorite activities and appointments. Other sites, such as Lotsa Helping Hands, and Parent Care Call also help families manage caregiving responsibilities. "Web-based services are becoming an integral part of the decision-making process, helping families navigate the increasingly complicated health care system," said one expert.

Top 10 Places to Find a Babysitter for a Child with Special Needs - A night out. A weekend away. A special occasion with one of your other children. There are times when you really, really need a babysitter for your child with special needs. But it has to be a babysitter who can handle him. Who knows about her health problems or behavioral struggles. Who will show good judgment when your child can't. Who will keep your child safe against long odds. That's not a job for the teen next door. Who ya gonna call? Here are 10 places to start your search.


Let's Get Creative About Respite - These two guides were written by a group in Connecticut. There is a lot of information contained in the two guides that can be used in any state. The second guide titled "What you need to know about me" is really nice to fill out on YOUR child and give to new teachers, aides, child care/respite care workers, etc. The guides are: Let's Get Creative About Respite: A Parent's Guide (PDF) and Let's Get Creative About Respite: What You Need To Know About Me (PDF).

August 2002: Respite Care Legislation Introduced in House


 Articles Related to Childcare


MI Children's Rights Sues Over Michigan's Foster Care System - "There are roughly 19,000 children in the Michigan child welfare system. The lawsuit names children with case examples of child welfare system failures."


Special Needs for School-Age Children: Child Care for Children with Special Needs

Everyone Wins - Everyone Wins! Is packed with over 150 cooperative games and activities selected to help children in your care: Resolve conflict, enhance communication, build self-esteem, appreciate nature, laugh with each other, be creative, and have fun together! These cooperative games and activities have been used successfully in playgrounds, public and private schools, families, differently-abled groups, camps, church groups, home schooling, community gatherings, multicultural settings, counseling and nature walks. [$8.95 from The Peace Company]


Design of Child Care Centers and Effects of Noise on Young Children - There is a considerable amount of research documenting the effects of noise on children. The effects are largely negative. In this presentation, Dr. Lorraine E. Maxwell & Dr. Gary W. Evans of Cornell University will inform you of the findings of research in this field, discuss current research by Maxwell and Evans, and finally outline design issues related to noise and child care centers.


MI Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program - A program to assist child care centers, called the Child Care Expulsion Prevention (CCEP) Initiative, is available to provide support. CCEP provides trained early childhood mental health professionals to team with child care providers and parents who care for children age 0-5 who are experiencing or are at risk of behavioral and emotional difficulties.


Michigan 2003: A Profile of Child Care - (PDF; size=89k) Statistical document includes information on the current work force, costs vs. family income, types of child care in Michigan and other data; from the Michigan 4C Association.


MI Governor Granholm, Director Hollister Highlight Change in Day Care Rules to Emphasize Early Education, Reading - Beginning this year, Michigan day care providers will be required to read for 30 minutes a day to the children in their care.


MI Day Care Grants Announced - Gov. Jennifer Granholm along with Nanette BOWLER, director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, on Friday [5-9-03] announced $741,555 in day care grants including $524,590 to 172 providers and childcare centers.


MI Auditors Urge Better Records Review for Child Care Providers


MI Engler Signs into Law Bill Exempting School-Based Child Care from Licensing Req.


MA Staples' growing child-care center serves as state, national model


MI Gongwer 9-26-02 Childcare Licensing Restructured, Releases Web Reports


Gongwer 7/25/02 MI Supreme Court Rules Family Day Care Homes Violate Restrictive Covenants: The court, in another divided opinion, ruled family day care homes in residential areas violate restrictive covenants prohibiting the use of homes for commercial and business uses.  Mr. Markman, joined by Ms. Corrigan, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Young (in Terrien v. Zwit, SC docket No. 115924) said since the operation of a day care center out of a home is a commercial business for the purpose of making a profit, they can be banned by municipalities’ restrictive covenants.  In dissent, Ms. Kelly, joined by Mr. Cavanagh, said zoning ordinances should be interpreted according to how the use of the land affects the general plan of the area, and in this case the use of the home as a day care center did not affect the general plan.  Such an interpretation, they said, would preclude such activities as freelance writing and babysitting.


Some portions of the above information is from: The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.


Licensing, Provider Info, Resources & Startup Info: Michigan Only

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Provider Requirements (from

Eligible Care Requirements

FIA payment can be used to subsidize most child care in Michigan.

Relative Care Provider Requirements

A grandparent/step-grandparent, great-grandparent/step-great-grandparent, aunt/step-aunt, uncle/step-uncle or adult sibling/step-sibling of an FIA funded child who cares for that child in his/her home must be enrolled by the FIA as a relative care provider.

Day Care Aide Requirements

Persons who care for FIA funded children in the child's home must be enrolled by the FIA as a day care aide.

Felony Crime List

Felony Crime Convictions That Will Prevent or Terminate Enrollment As A Day Care Aide Or Relative Care Provider.



Michigan Funding Plan to Improve Child Care

EQUIP Program Grant Information

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