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New Online System Streamlines Process for Child Care Licensing Applications
Lansing, Mich., March 28, 2012 - The Michigan Department of Human Services has launched a new, fully integrated online child care licensing system inside its Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing division (BCAL). The new system went live on March 27, 2012.
The new BCAL system makes the process much simpler for clients who wish to become licensed child care providers in Michigan to apply online.
In the past, when a person expressed an interest in becoming a child care provider, the BCAL would mail a large packet filled with information and paperwork that needed to be completed and returned. Only one in four packets was ever sent back, making child care licensing a costly and time-consuming process. Now, the entire application can be completed online, along with processing the payments for licensing.
"It's another way in which we are streamlining the process from start to finish, and making things more convenient for our customers," said Jim Gale, BCAL director. "It will save the state and our clients time, money and paper. Having the application process integrated online is a win-win for everyone."
BCAL and DHS is now positioned at the cutting edge nationally, joining just one other state, Texas, in having a fully operational online system for submitting child care licensing applications and payments.
The new system, four years in the planning and construction, is being rolled out in three phases:
- Child care licensing, which is currently up and running.
- Adult foster care licensing, which is planned for a summer 2012 launch.
- Renewals of all child care and adult foster care licensing, expected by the end of 2012.
The new BCAL Web-based system can be accessed 24/7 online at www.michigan.gov/michildcare, then click on the link titled Original License Application Packet.