Child Care Resources

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

Search the databases of all licensed child care centers and homes

View profiles of all licensed child care centers and homes in these databases for families who are searching for care. Please note: while basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to directly contact the programs that interest you to discuss your child and your child care needs, and to inquire about current and upcoming openings (which can change frequently), rates, hours, being added to their waitlist (if applicable), 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 today.

Learn about current openings in the Campus Child Care Homes 

The Campus Child Care Homes are state-licensed, independent, home-based child care programs that serve current U-M faculty, staff, and students who need ongoing, weekday child care in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Their online profiles are updated frequently, and include program information and photos. Several of the Campus Child Care Homes providers have current or upcoming openings for young children!

See in-your-home child care, summer camps, and other resources

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


U-M faculty, staff, and students can access online profiles of caregivers in their community through, including in-your-home caregivers for children, adults, seniors, pets, and more. The fee to access is covered by U-M through early January 2025. Employees and students are responsible for the full cost of care. Other resources are part of this U-M benefit, including webinars, Care Talks, and LifeMart Discounts.

Register for Kids Kare at Home 

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

Browse or post to the Family Helpers Posting Board

For short-term, occasional, or partial week child care needs in your own U-M affiliated, Ann Arbor-area home, see the Family Helpers Posting Board of primarily U-M students available for hire. 

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 general questions about child care search resources, or if you need help navigating the State of Michigan databases of all licensed child care centers and homes as you prepare to reach out to child care programs, please email or leave a voicemail at (734) 763-9379.


Child and Family Care (formerly the Work-Life Resource Center) does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan. It offers child care resource information only. Information is subject to change. All users are encouraged to review and comply with applicable State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Rules and any other applicable law and regulations. 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, CFC-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.