Databases of All Licensed Child Care Programs in Michigan

If you are looking for licensed child care providers, there are two databases to choose from that can be a great place to start. Both are managed by the State of Michigan. And both provide profiles of all child care centers and home providers that are licensed by the State.

Search for Licensed Child Care Centers and Homes

Please Note

  • Both services use the same database of providers, so the results should be the same in each. Great Start has more search features and links to LARA for accessing inspection reports.

  • While basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to inquire with specific child care programs regarding current and upcoming openings, rates, hours, etc. 

  • If you need help with the databases or have questions about your child care search, please email or leave a voicemail 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.