Health System Children's Center

The University of Michigan Health System Children's Center opened in 1991 to serve the child care needs of the faculty and staff of the University of Michigan Health System. The Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and offers full-and part-time programs designed to meet the needs of infant, toddler, preschool children in a safe and nurturing environment where each child's day has an individual rhythm and predictable flow. To support this balance, the Center provides a warm, nurturing setting  that encourages children to learn through hands-on experiential activities.

The Center also provides care for school-age children when Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed and offers a summer camp program for elementary-aged children.


The Center is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, consistent, challenging, and holistic environment for young children.The design of the building reflects this philosophy. The building is partially sheltered by trees and is surrounded by green spaces, rolling hills and a garden maintained by the children.

The interior spaces promote a homelike environment through the creation of separate infant, toddler, preschool, "neighborhoods." These neighborhoods are further divided into cozy "houses." This design helps children to become more comfortable and self-confident within their own neighborhood, and prepares them to explore new areas of the Center.

The Center environment provides emotional and social support with clearly defined cognitive learning objectives. It also offers a variety of multicultural experiences that support the integrity of each child's family. We strive to enhance the educational experience by seeking diversity among the participating children and families.

Teacher Qualifications and Staff-to-Child Ratios

Center staff members include teachers and associate teachers, many with degrees in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development who have been with the program for many years.Teacher/child ratios for each classroom range range from 1:3 to 1:8, depending on the ages of the children.

  • Infants (2 weeks - 18 months), 1:3 teachers per child, maximum 12 infants per room
  • Young Toddler (12 months - 30 months), 1:3 teachers per child, maximum 12 toddlers per room
  • Older Toddler (2 years - 3.5 years), 1:4 teachers per child, maximum 16 toddlers per room
  • Preschool (3 years - 5 years), 1:7 teachers per child, maximum 21 children per room

Hours of Operation

The Center's regular operating hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The core hours that are included in the base tuition are 7:15 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Extended care options are available at additional cost.

Location and Contact Information  

2601 Glazier Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Telephone: (734) 998-6195

Map of Health System Children's Center

Tuition Rates

View the Health System Children's Center tuition rates.


Submittal of this application will place your child on the waitlist for all three University of Michigan Ann Arbor Children's Centers. You will be notified of openings at all centers when your child is eligible.


Family Handbook

For questions about our program view our Family Handbook

School-Age Care

Health System Children's Center offers school-age care for elementary-aged children when the Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed district-wide, including snow days. Any UMHS family is eligible to register, and should do so by completing the attached registration form, emergency card, and permission slip and bringing them to the Child Care Center. Full payment is expected at the time of registration. Care for each day is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We enroll up to 15 children on each day, with 2 teachers present throughout the day. The group will play games, offer reading time, free play time, time outdoors, and travel on a local field trip, weather permitting. Parents are responsible for bringing a sack lunch and weather-appropriate clothing.

Up to 15 families can pre-register to reserve spaces. Additional families may call the Center after 7:00 a.m. the morning of any district-wide cancellation to see if additional spaces are available.

School-Age Care Forms