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Child Care Centers & Adult Foster Care Facilities

Wayne County Public Health Order 20-01 Summary

Procedures for Childcare Centers Remaining Open Under Wayne County Local Public Health Emergency Order # 20-021. Applies to Wayne County Childcare Centers, outside the City of Detroit. As part of that order, childcare centers may stay open only to the extent that they provide care for children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers.

A Local Public Health Emergency Order #20-01 (PHO #20-01) went into effect for Centers.

This order requires Centers, remaining open to:

  • Develop and implement a daily screening procedure for all staff, children, parents, guardians and essential visitors.
  • Screening procedures MUST include the following:
    • Inquire if the child or individual has symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or diarrhea
    • Recommend use of touchless/contactless thermometer when available, in lieu of verbal confirmation
    • Noting the presence of symptoms in children and individuals should be of great concern and appropriate action taken
    • Inquire if employee has had close personal contact with a Confirmed COVID-19 case; and
    • Inquire if the employee has traveled by plane in the last 14 days
  • If the individual's response is "yes" to any of the screening questions, they must leave and self-isolate as noted in the Order.
  • The facility must implement a social distancing plan between employees and customers, practice social distancing operationally as described in the both PHO #20-02.
  • A copy of PHO #20-02 MUST be posted at all entrances of open facilities and visible to all entering the center.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a Gatherings and Face Mask Order on May 3, 2021 that takes effect on May 6,2021 at 11:59 PM and remains in effect until May 31,2021 at 11:59 PM.
    1. A person responsible for a child care organization or camp, or an agent of such person, must not allow gatherings unless:
      1. Face masks are worn by all staff;
      2. A good faith effort is made to ensure that children aged 2 to 4 years wear a mask when participating in gatherings;
      3. All children 5 years and older wear a mask when participating in gatherings.
A person responsible for a childcare organization or camp, or an agent of such person, must not allow gatherings unless face masks are worn by staff. Children must wear face masks as indicated below:
  • All children 2 years and older when on a school bus or other transportation provided by the childcare organization or camp;
  • All children 4 years and older when in indoor hallways and indoor common areas;
  • All children 5 years and older when in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor settings.
LARA Covid-19 Guidelines - Masks
LARA Covid-19 Guidelines - Symptoms
LARA Covid-19 Guidelines - Exposure
Copy of the Order can be found on the COVID-19 Information Page.

Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services routinely inspects adult and child care facilities, including but not limited to child care center, child caring institutions, children's camps, and adult foster care homes. These facilities are licensed through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Wayne County inspects these facilities as part of an agreement with MDHHS.

If you wish to open a day care facility, your first step is to contact the MDHHS Licensing Unit in Detroit at 313-456-0380. For specific licensing information you can also go to the MDHHS Licensing website.

Inspection Requests

If MDHHS requires you to have an Environmental Health inspection, you will be given an Environmental Health Inspection Request Form. Please complete the form and submit a copy to our office with a payment. Applications will not be processed without payment. A listing of current fees can be found below. Mail or drop off your Environmental Health Inspection Request Form and payment (check or money order) to our office:

Wayne County Environmental Health
33030 Van Born Rd.
Wayne, MI 48184

Environmental Health Inspection Request
Licensing Rules For Child Care Centers

Inspection Appointments

Once the inspection request form and payment are received, an Environmentalist will contact you to schedule an appointment for your inspection. For child care centers, the Environmentalist will use the requirements listed in the Licensing Rules for All Child Care Organizations. Specifically, we look at the information listed under Part 2 - Environmental Health Provisions. If applicable, we will also look at Part 5 - Swimming Provisions.

We also respond to complaints and follow through with a resolution or referral to other state or local agencies having jurisdiction.

Plan Review Approval

Wayne County Health Department requirements regarding plan review shall be followed for child care centers. A complete set of plans and specifications of any new proposed center or proposed addition, alteration, or remodeling to an existing center shall be submitted to Wayne County for review and approval. Plan review is not required for new centers located in existing school buildings. Download the Wayne County Child Care Center Plan Review Worksheet here.

Child/Adult Care Facility Inspection Fees:
  • Full Inspection: $356
  • Plan Review (includes Opening Inspection): $266
  • Private Sewage Disposal System and/or Private Water Supply Inspection: $311
  • Follow-up Inspection: $174