Resources for Families

Resources for Families

Great Start to Quality offers a variety of early childhood education resources for families. These resources can help you understand Great Start to Quality, and help you find the best care for your child. 

Great Start to Quality Star Ratings

Any program or provider in Michigan who is in good standing with licensing has a star rating on Great Start to Quality. Programs are rated on a 1 to 5 Star scale.

Licensed programs infographic

A program quality indicator is a standard used to measure the quality of a program in a specific area.

Is This the Right Place for My Child? Guide

The informational booklet from Child Care Aware® about what to look for when searching for and visiting child care and preschool programs for your child.

Child Care and Preschool Visit Checklist

A checklist you can take with you when visiting programs and providers to help you determine if it is the best fit for your child and your family.

Great Start to Quality Resource Centers

The local Great Start to Quality Resource Centers offer a variety of tools and resources to benefit you and your child.

Great Start to Quality Family Brochure

Great Start to Quality provides families with informational brochures that help you better understand Great Start to Quality.

Child Care Licensing

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) provides you with many different resources for selecting child care, obtaining financial assistance and much more.

Child Development and Care Program

Michigan’s Child Development and Care (CDC) program provides assistance with child care costs to those families who meet eligibility requirements. The subsidy can be used for child care in a licensed center, group child care home, family child care home or license exempt care in the home of a relative or by an adult in the child’s home.

Mi Kids Matter

The little things you do with your child in their early years make a big difference throughout their school years and later in life. 

Mi Kids Matter is the place to find what you need to give your child their best chance at health, happiness and success later in life. Throughout this site, we have provided information, resources and programs to take you from pregnancy through age 5 and beyond.

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