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 centers and homes that are state-licensed.
Search for Licensed Child Care Centers and Homes
- Great Start to Quality offers options for searching and narrowing the results including a map with optional distance settings. Watch a video on how to search for child care centers and homes using the Great Start to Quality database.
- Statewide Search for Licensed Child Care Centers and Homes provides a list-based view of all licensed child care programs. View a video on searching for child care centers and homes using this Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB) website.
Both services use the same database of programs, and both allow you to access inspection reports. Please note, per the State of Michigan (as of October-November 2023): If you would like to receive publicly available reports for a facility, please contact us at LARA-CCLB-Help@michigan.gov or by phone at 517-284-9730 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working quickly to get these reports online as soon as possible.
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.
Please note: while basic information is updated by the State of Michigan, you will need to directly contact the programs that interest you to inquire about current and upcoming openings (which can change frequently), rates, hours, being added to their waitlists, etc.
Child and Family Care (formerly Work-Life) 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, CFC 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.