Benefits for Providers and Educators

What is a Quality Improvement Grant?

Quality Improvement Grants are made possible through Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. The goal of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant is to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high-quality early learning and development programs.

Are you eligible for a Quality Improvement Grant?

To be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a licensed or registered child care provider or preschool program, in good standing with Child Care Licensing.
  • Have received a published star rating on Great Start to Quality.
  • Served at least one child receiving a child care subsidy in the last six months and/or participate in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) and have submitted at least one claim in the past six months.
  • Have a Quality Improvement Plan with the status "created" on the Great Start to Quality STARS platform.

How long will the Quality Improvement Grants be available?

Quality Improvement Grants will be available through the end of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant (December 2017) or until set-aside funds are depleted.

When can I apply?

Grant Cyle   Application Open (Open at 9:00 a.m.)   Application Closed (Closed at 5:00 p.m.)   Review Completed    Timeframe to Receive Award or Denial Letter


  07/25/2016   08/19/2016   09/16/2016   09/19/2016
Cycle 2   11/01/2016   12/01/2016   12/31/2016   01/06/2017
Cycle 3   01/17/2017   02/24/2017   03/24/2017   03/27/2017-04/03/2017
Cycle 4   04/10/2017   05/19/2017   06/16/2017   06/19/2017-07/03/2017
Cycle 5   07/10/2017   08/18/2017   09/15/2017   09/18/2017-10/02/2017
Cycle 6   10/09/2017   11/17/2017   12/15/2017   12/18/2017-01/02/2018

Quality Improvement Grant and all related materials are made available through a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.