Child Care Resources

We've gathered resources to help you find child care as you work from home or return to campus -- in-your-home care options, the U-M Children’s Centers waitlist, Campus Child Care Homes, and databases of all state-licensed child care centers and homes. Note that licensed child care programs have Guidelines for Child Care Operations During COVID-19.

NEW! Free Access to Care.com

University faculty, staff, and students can access a network of caregivers in their area through Care.com. The service includes caregivers for children, adults, seniors, pets, and more. The monthly membership fee for Care.com is covered by U-M. Employees and students will be responsible for the cost of the care they utilize. This benefit is currently available through mid-January 2022. Learn more about how to access Care.com.

NEW! Browse the Family-to-Family Support Posting Board

To swap or share family care (unpaid) with other current U-M families, see the Family-to-Family Support Posting Board.

Search in-your-home child care resources and 2021 summer programs 

These additional child care options include resources for finding a nanny, caregiver or tutor, and summer camps and child care for school-agers.

Apply to the U-M Children’s Centers for enrollment in later 2021 and beyond

The U-M Children’s Centers are on-campus, weekday programs for young children in Ann Arbor (three locations), Dearborn, and Flint. They are licensed, and emphasize early childhood education. U-M and community families are welcome to review Frequently Asked Questions and apply to the Ann Arbor waitlist using our online form. Update: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the State of Michigan recommends that licensed child care programs maintain smaller groups. Therefore, our U-M Children's Centers are unable to expand enrollment, offer school-age care, etc. 

Learn about current openings in the Campus Child Care Homes 

The Campus Child Care Homes are state-licensed, independent, home-based programs that serve current U-M faculty, staff, and student parents who need weekday child care in the Ann Arbor area. Their online profiles are updated frequently, and include program information and photos. Openings for young children, including infants and toddlers, are currently available in these small child care groups of up to 6 or 12 children. 

Search the State of Michigan child care databases

View listings of all state-licensed child care centers and homes on the Great Start or Licensing public databases (same programs on both). Please note: while basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to contact individual centers and homes of your choice to inquire about openings, rates, etc. To help you make the best use of these sites, see these resources

Register for Kids Kare at Home 

For occasional backup child care in your family home when you must work or study for U-M, see Kids Kare at Home

Browse the Family Helpers Posting Board

For short-term, occasional, or partial week child care needs in your U-M affiliated, Ann Arbor-area home (or virtually, e.g. tutoring via Zoom), see the Family Helpers Posting Board of primarily U-M students available for hire.

Explore other child care resources 

Learn about need-based financial assistance for child care, and tips for how to choose child care.

For more information

If you have questions, or if you would to talk about your child care search, please email or leave a voice mail at (734) 763-9379 for prompt assistance.

Disclaimer

The U-M Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan. All users are encouraged to review and comply with applicable State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Rules and any other applicable law and regulations. We offer 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 or, if applicable, the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Child Care Licensing.