Financial Assistance

     For many families, the cost of safe, quality child care is a major strain on the budget. DHS Child Development and Care Program may provide payment for child care services for qualifying families.

DHS Child Development and Care Handbook (updated July 2012) contains 1) general information about the Michigan DHS’s Child Development and Care Program, 2) Parent information and 3) Provider information. 

The Lansing Child Care Scholarship Program

A child care scholarship program is available to residents living in the corporate city limits of Lansing for children infant through school age.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in the corporate city limits of Lansing
  • Use licensed child care in the corporate city limits of Lansing
  • Must not be eligible or receiving child care assistance through DHS (the State Department of Human Services), or any other program.  If you are income eligible for DHS, you will be referred to apply with them. 
  • Scholarships run for a 45 week period: August 18, 2013 through June 28, 2014


The Scholarship Awards are for full time or part time at the following rates:

Full-time $40.00 per week
Part-time $20.00 per week

For families to be considered for the Lansing Childcare Scholarship Award Program they must complete the application by  5 pm Friday, July 12, 21013.
  • Eligible applications received after 5 pm, July 12, 2013 will be placed on the wait list, and considered for scholarship awards depending upon availability of funds.
  • Applications are available to download and print.   Click to Download APPLICATION and PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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The Lansing Community College Women's Resource Center/Returning Adult Program offers child care awards to eligible students to help pay part of the costs of licensed child care while attending LCC. Scholarships are awarded three times a year.

Visit the Women's Resource Center/Returning Adult Program website or call at 483-1199 for information.

Free Preschool programs are available to eligible children through:

Capital Area Community Services Head Start - eligible 3-4 yr olds

Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) - eligible 4 yr olds- contact your local school district for information

Other financial assistance & health care services

Women's Caring Program

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

MIChild and Healthy Kids 

Vaccine Assistance Program

DHS video: Where to Find and Fill Out the DHS Application

DHS video: How To Use MIBridges Online

DHS video: What Do I Need to Verify When I Apply for Assistance?

DHS video: How To…See Benefits You and Your Family May Qualify For                                                                                

Information about Child Care Tax credits

IRS Child Care Tax Credit 

Child Care and Taxes