COVID-19 Resources

This summary was written by the Provider Empowerment Program (PEP). If you need assistance with billing, need help getting training hours, or have questions of any kind, call or text the PEP team at 810-221-1525.

Becoming a license-exempt provider

  1. The State of Michigan is still accepting applications for those who wish to get license-exempt status in order to be able to bill for state child care subsidies. Our flow chart explains how.
  2. The required Great Start to Quality Level 1 Orientation for new license-exempt providers is now being offered online. Go to and in the “keywords” box search for “GSQ Orientation Virtual” to find and register for upcoming sessions. 

COVID-19 Testing and Health Care Resources

  1. If you or someone in your household is feeling sick, contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider and/or you don’t have health insurance, Genesee Health Plan can help: call their general phone number (844-232-7740) or Health Navigator Perlita Mitchell’s direct line (phone or text): 810-964-7381. If you are having trouble breathing, call 911.
  2. For testing sites in the Flint area, see the Genesee County Health Department’s webpage. Be sure to follow the instructions for each testing site to make an appointment.
  3. Call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline for questions related to COVID-19 and community health resources. 888-535-6136, 8am-5pm seven days a week. 

Food and financial assistance

See our assistance page.

Advice and tips for providers and parents

  1. Family Well-Being Guide from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
  2. Communicating With Children During COVID-19, another guide from the MDHHS.
  3. How to Talk with Children about the Coronavirus (PEP’s own guide, adapted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
  4. Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now. Questions and answers for caregivers of young children, from NPR.
  5. Don’t Mix These Cleaning Products Be clean, but be careful!
  6. Homemade Hand Sanitizer. You can make your own hand sanitizer at home with rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel. Please read the directions carefully to be sure your home-made sanitizer is effective and safe!
  7. Safe and Healthy Diapering to Reduce the Spread of Germs. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  8. Homemade cloth face coverings: Sew and no-sew instructions from the CDC, and video showing how to make a mask with just a sock and some scissors (Alyssa’s favorite!)

COVID-19 related videos and activities