Child Care: Additional Child Care Resources

The Work/Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan.

A note to U-M families about back-up/emergency child care:

As you may know, the Kids Kare at Home service is not available for school closings, holidays, snow days, and other events that affect a very large number of families. Parents are encouraged to build a "safety net" of caregivers for their children, prior to needing back-up care. For example, some U-M families will interview and get to know a few Family Helpers or babysitters (see links below) each school year, and occasionally use them for date nights, etc., so they have caregivers in place that may be able to help at other times. Similarly, families may have a trusted friend/neighbor with daytime availability that they could arrange to use as a back-up babysitter. Also, families can search for licensed child care centers and homes near them that may be able to offer back-up/drop-in care when space is available; inquiring with and visiting programs ahead of time is recommended.

In-your-home child care -- listings or services for finding caregivers/nannies/au pairs/babysitters (note: registration or placement fees may apply to all but U-M Family Helpers):

Summer camps/summer child care resources:

Child/teen transportation service (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area):

Information regarding child care for campus events/guests: if your department/organization is hosting an event or a guest, and you wish to assist with child care, please consider the following:

  • If the parents WILL be in the same building as the children, at all times:
    It may be possible for you to set up a child care room within the building. Your department would be responsible for obtaining building-administrator approval to use the room for child care, as well as for set-up and staffing., Sittercity, and College Nannies and Tutors (see links above) may be resources for finding caregivers to staff your room. Note: unless all parents will be in the same building as their children at all times, and immediately accessible to their children, it is illegal to set up even a temporary child care setting without having the facility licensed for child care by the State of Michigan.
  • If the parents will NOT be in the same building as the children, at all times:
    The parents of the children who need care may search caregiver-listings on sites such as and Sittercity (see links above). If your departmental budget allows, you might consider offering to fully/partially reimburse your guests for one month of caregiver-listings access. Note: parents should conduct their own child care searches, and make their own child care decisions and caregiver selections; departments should avoid doing so, due to liability. If the parents need help with their search, they are welcome to contact or 734-763-9379.  

Web sites

Students with Children

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

This organization is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth to age eight. NAEYC offers national accreditation of center-based child care programs.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

This organization offers information about home-based child care as well as professional development, including national accreditation, for home child care providers.

The U-M Work Life Resource Center offers child care resource information only. Information is subject to change. Neither the U-M nor its subcontractors warrant any information concerning any child care provider, nor do they inspect, investigate, endorse, recommend, or choose any particular provider. The inclusion of any care provider’s name does not constitute endorsement or certification by the U-M, WLRC or its subcontractors as to their qualifications to provide child care, the rates charged for services or any other aspect of individual program’s quality of care. Any complaints and problems should be directed to the caregiver and/or the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Disclaimers & Eligibility:

The Work/Life Resource Center does not interpret policy, facilitate leaves of absence, or negotiate flexible scheduling with supervisors.

The Work/Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed within this website as recommended by the University.

Full-time and part-time U-M faculty, staff and students are eligible to receive consultation and referral services at no charge.