Apply to a Children's Center

​​Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Children's Centers. We know that making a decision about quality child care is very important to you and your family.

We wish we could immediately meet the child care needs ​of all ​members of our university community. However, due to the smaller class sizes and ratios in our infant and toddler classrooms, many families are not offered enrollment until their child is over the age of three. Our capacity for preschool-age children is significantly greater, so enrollment opportunities are more readily available for U-M affiliated families with children age three years or older.

We encourage families of infants and toddlers to apply to the waitlist as early as possible, and to make other child care arrangements while waiting for an opening in one of our Ann Arbor Children's Centers. The U-M Work-Life Resource Center provides child care search resources.

When you submit the Children's Centers waitlist application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. Then, within two weeks, a member of our staff will contact you via email to answer any additional questions you may have.

For questions about enrollment, email Judy Powers (jpowers@umich.edu), call 734-763-3947 or refer the frequently asked questions about our waitlist procedures below.

Application Form

Apply to the Ann Arbor Children's Centers using our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do U-M faculty, staff and students have priority for enrollment?
Yes, waitlist applications are prioritized in the following order:
1. Siblings of currently enrolled children*
2. Children of current U-M faculty, staff and students**
3. Children of non-affiliated families from the community
*This means that many infant spaces are filled with new babies of families who already have a child enrolled with us.
**Michigan Medicine, Medical School and School of Nursing affiliates have higher priority at the Health System Children’s Center.
How do you determine my child’s place on the waitlist?
When a space becomes available a child’s place on the waitlist is determined by:
1. age-eligibility for the class
2. current U-M affiliation 
3. date of waitlist application
How will I know when a space is available for my child?
When a space is available and we are at your child’s name on the waitlist, we will email you to determine your interest in the particular opening. You will be given an opportunity to visit the center to speak with the director and visit the classroom to see if the available space and center fulfills your family’s needs.
When are openings generally available?
Many children are enrolled at the beginning of the academic year. However, openings can occur throughout the school year.
What happens if I’m not ready to accept a space when it is offered to me?
If you decline an enrollment offer, you may choose to remain on the waitlist and your application date will not change.
What is the capacity of the U-M Children’s Centers?
Capacity by Center and Age Group
Center Infant Spaces Toddler Spaces Young Preschool and Preschool Spaces
Health System 24 24 103
North Campus 7 25 88
Towsley 9 24 113
Why are there fewer infant and toddler spaces than preschool spaces?
State of Michigan licensing rules limit class size of each age group. Infant and toddler classes are limited to 12 or fewer children while preschool classrooms range between 16 and 24, depending on the age range of the children and the size of the classroom.

Although we have 11 infant/toddler classrooms and 13 preschool classrooms, we have room for 40 infants and 73 toddlers vs. 304 preschoolers.

Where can I find care while I wait for an enrollment opportunity at one of the U-M Children’s Centers?
The U-M Work-Life Resource Center provides child care search resources.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
You are welcome to contact Judy Powers at any time at jpowers@umich.edu or 734-763-3947.