If you are looking for licensed child care programs, 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 programs that are state-licensed.
Search for Licensed Child Care Centers and Homes
- Great Start to Quality offers more options for searching and narrowing the results including a map with optional distance settings.
- LARA Child Care Licensing Search provides a list-based view of center and home-based programs.
Both services use the same database of programs, and both allow you to access inspection reports.
To receive more child care options when searching Great Start to Quality, consider leaving search-fields blank if you have flexibility, e.g., with days and hours of care. And if you have flexibility with your commute, you may want to search all programs in a city rather than in just one zip code, and perhaps even consider nearby cities.
While basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to contact the programs that interest you to inquire about current and upcoming openings, waitlists, rates, hours, etc.
If you need help navigating 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.