Child Care Resources

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

Search the state databases of all licensed child care centers and homes

View listings of all 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 reach out to individual centers and homes of your choice to inquire about current openings, hours, rates, etc. See additional state resources, and note that licensed child care programs have Guidelines During COVID-19

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 Frequently Asked Questions and apply online to the Ann Arbor waitlist

Learn about current openings in 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 and photos. Openings are currently available in two of these small child care groups of up to 6 or 12 children. 

Browse in-your-home caregiver listings and other resources 

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


U-M faculty, staff, and students can access profiles of caregivers in their area through The service includes in-your-home caregivers for children, adults, seniors, pets, and more. The monthly fee for access to is covered by U-M. Employees and students are responsible for the cost of care. This benefit is currently available through mid-January 2022.

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.

Post to 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.

Explore other resources including financial assistance for child care 

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

For more information

If you have questions about community child care resources, or if you would like assistance with navigating the databases, please email or leave a voice mail at (734) 763-9379 for prompt assistance.


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.