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WLRC Helps U-M Parents Navigate New State-wide Child Care Database

The Work/Life Resource Center has created a new information-rich page on its Web site and offers a Child Care Referral Service to help U-M parents find child care best suited to their needs.

For years the Work/Life Resource Center has helped U-M families find child care by providing a searchable Web site with up-to-date information about hundreds of area providers. This database was updated by a state-sponsored vendor. However, due to state budget cuts, each individual child care provider is now required to manage its own information.

“Our concern was that this change could lead to inconsistencies for our U-M families,” states Jennie McAlpine, Director, U-M Work/Life Programs. “Parents need reliable information. And we are taking steps to provide it.”

The updated Work/Life Resource Center Web page (http://hr.umich.edu/worklife/childcare/index.html)  provides information about the new database system as well as specific local options, such as the U-M Children’s Centers and the Campus Child Care Homes Network.

Additionally, U-M families can rely on the WLRC’s child care referral specialist LaKeisha Vereen.  Vereen can provide guidance and even contact providers directly for parents to see if there are openings available to meet the family’s needs.

“Before we were able to offer Web-based searches,  all of our child care referrals were provided individually  to help parents find child care, so we are coming full circle and emphasizing that human touch,” added McAlpine. “We can help people make informed choices. We have lots of support information to share; and  Keisha is here to help  parents make choices that work best for their family.”

The WLRC Child Care Referral Specialist  is available Monday through Friday by appointment for telephone or in-person consultations with U-M families. Call WLRC and ask for the Child Care Referral Service - 734-936-8677.

For more information, go to http://hr.umich.edu/worklife/childcare/index.html.