Child Care Resources

We've gathered resources here to help you find child care -- the State of Michigan databases of all licensed child care programs, the U-M Children’s Centers, Campus Child Care Homes, in-your-home caregiver search resources, and more.

Search the databases of all licensed child care centers and homes

View profiles of all state-licensed child care centers and homes with Great Start Search, or Licensing Search (same programs on both). Please note: while basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to inquire with the child care programs that interest you regarding current and upcoming openings, rates, hours, etc. 

Apply to the U-M Children’s Centers waitlist

The U-M Children’s Centers are on-campus, weekday programs for young children in Ann Arbor (three locations), Dearborn, and Flint. They are state-licensed, and emphasize early childhood education. U-M and community families are welcome to review the Ann Arbor Children's Centers Frequently Asked Questions and apply online to the waitlist

Learn about the Campus Child Care Homes 

The Campus Child Care Homes are 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, photos, and any current or upcoming openings. 

See in-your-home care and other resources including summer camps

These additional child care options include resources for finding an in-your-home nanny, caregiver or tutor, as well as school-age care and summer programs.

Access Care.com

U-M faculty, staff, and students can access profiles of caregivers in their area through Care.com. The service includes in-your-home caregivers for children, adults, seniors, pets, and more. The monthly fee for access to Care.com is covered by U-M. Employees and students are responsible for the cost of care. 

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. Or, to possibly explore swapping child care (unpaid) by connecting with another U-M family, see the Family-to-Family Support Posting Board.

Explore financial assistance and how to choose child care

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

For more information

If you have questions about community child care resources, if you need help with the databases, or if you'd like to talk about your child care search, please email or leave a voicemail at (734) 763-9379.

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.