Find Child Care

We are happy to help you get started in your search for child care. We’ve gathered several resources here, including the U-M Children’s Centers, local home-based programs, and access to a state-wide searchable database of all state-licensed child care programs.

Learn about the U-M Children’s Centers

The U-M Children’s Centers are university-affiliated, on-campus, weekday programs for young children in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint. They are state-licensed, and emphasize early childhood education. Preschool openings (age 2 years 9 months or older only) are available at our Ann Arbor centers.

Consider Campus Child Care Homes

The Campus Child Care Homes are licensed, home-based programs that serve U-M faculty, staff, and students who need child care in the Ann Arbor area. Their online profiles are updated frequently, and include program descriptions and photos. Infant and toddler openings are currently available.

Search the State of Michigan child care database

View listings of all licensed child care centers and homes on the Great Start to Quality database. Please note: while basic information is regularly updated by the State, you will need to contact individual center and home programs to inquire about tuition rates, possible openings, etc. To make the best use of this site, see the PDF “A Parent's Guide to Early Learning and Care in Michigan.”

Find a U-M Family Helper

For occasional or short-term child care needs in your family's home, browse the U-M Family Helpers profiles. 

Register for Kids Kare at Home 

For occasional, sick child or backup child care in your home when you must be at work or on campus, see Kids Kare at Home.

Explore other helpful resources

Learn about Financial Assistance for Child Care, types of child care and how to choose a program, and resources for other care options such as full-time nannies and au pairs, and area summer camps.

Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

For more information about searching for child care, please use this contact form and select the subject “I have a question about child care” or call (734) 763-9379.