Child Care Resources

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 centers and homes. 

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 welcome to review Frequently Asked Questions and apply to the Ann Arbor waitlist using our online form.

Browse the Campus Child Care Homes profiles

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 openings, photos, and program information. A few openings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are currently available!

Attend community preschool and summer camp fairs

A Preschool Expo will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Representatives from many area preschools will be there, including our U-M Children's Centers! In addition, a Summer Camp Expo will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Briarwood Mall (JCPenney Court), 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108.

Search the State of Michigan child care databases

View listings of all licensed child care centers and homes on the Licensing or Great Start public 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, rates, etc. To help you make the best use of these sites, see these child care search resources.

Explore other child care resources 

Learn about need-based financial assistance for child care, types of child care and how to choose a child care program, and additional child care options including summer camp and summer child care search links, and in-your-home nanny and au pair resources.

Register for Kids Kare at Home 

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

Find a Family Helper

For occasional, partial week, or short-term child care needs in your U-M affiliated, Ann Arbor-area home, and for your own family members only, 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, please email 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.