Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The Bureau of Community and Health Systems within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs licenses and regulates three main types of child care in the state of Michigan: family child care homes, group child care homes, and child care centers. The governing law is known as the Child Care Organizations Act, MCL 722.111 et seq. There are also specific administrative rules that apply to different types of licensing.
Child care licensing regulations cover many topics, including the following:
*Adult to children ratio
*Supervision of children
*Safety of the building (such as emergency exits, cleanliness and repairs, and potential dangers)
*Nutrition of food served to children
*Background checks, training, health, and other requirements for the adults caring for children.