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 searchable databases 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. U-M and community families are invited to learn about our waitlist and apply using our online form. We have current, part-time openings for preschoolers!
Consider Campus Child Care Homes
The Campus Child Care Homes are licensed, independent, home-based programs that serve U-M faculty, staff, and students who need weekday care in the Ann Arbor area. Their online profiles are updated frequently, and include current or upcoming openings, photos, and program information. A few full-time openings are currently available!
Search the State of Michigan child care databases
View listings of all licensed child care centers and homes on the Great Start to Quality or Licensing databases (same programs on both). Please note: while basic information is regularly updated by the State, you will need to contact individual center and home programs of your choice to inquire about openings, tuition rates, etc. To make the best use of these sites, see the PDF “A Parent's Guide to Early Learning and Care in Michigan.”
Register for Kids Kare at Home
For occasional, sick child or backup child care in your family home when you must be at U-M (at work or school), 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 or au pairs, and summer camps and child care.
Attend community child care fairs
A Preschool Expo will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. in the Ann Arbor District Library lobby, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48104; and a Summer Camp Expo will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. at Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, 48108.
Find a Family Helper
For occasional, partial week, or short-term child care needs in your U-M affiliated, Ann Arbor-area home, browse the Family Helpers online posting board or create a help wanted post.
For more information
If you have questions, or if you need assistance with your search, please email us or call (734) 763-9379.
The U-M Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan. The 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.