Families

Finding and choosing the child care, preschool or schoolage only setting that is right for your child and family can be challenging. Great Start to Quality makes your search for child care, preschool and schoolage only programs easier, gives you tips to make an informed decision and the confidence of knowing you chose the care in your area that best suits your family’s needs.  

Before you start your child care. preschool and schoolage only search, we encourage you to use the information in the booklet from Child Care Aware®, Is This The Right Place For My Child? It provides information on what to look for when searching for child care, preschool and schoolage only programs to support your child's growth and development. You will also find a helpful checklist that can be taken with you when visiting programs and providers.

You have different options for child care, preschool and schoolage only programs:

  • Child Care and Preschool Centers: A licensed center-based setting usually with multiple classrooms, including child care, preschool, Early Head Start, Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs.
  • Family Child Care Homes: A registered home-based setting for up to 6 children.
  • Group Child Care Homes: A licensed home-based setting for up to 12 children.
  • Schoolage Only Programs: A center-based program licensed to only serve children ages 4 years 9 months to 12 years.

Start Your Search

Great Start to Quality allows you to search all licensed and registered providers in Michigan. You can search in the ways that are most important to you, whether it is by area, cost, or specific needs.

When searching, you may want to consider:

  1. The type of licensed and registered child care, preschool or schoolage only program that will best fit the needs of your child and family
  2. The times and days you will need child care, preschool or schoolage only program
  3. Your family's budget for child care, preschool or schoolage only program
  4. If you receive child care payments from the state, whether the program or provider will accept them
  5. Whether you need transportation to and from child care, preschool or schoolage only programs
  6. The location of the program or provider

While looking for the best child care, preschool or schoolage only programs for your child and your family, it is recommended that you visit more than one program with your child, if possible. Great Start to Quality is committed to helping Michigan families find child care, preschool and schoolage only programs that are safe and educational.

Is This the Right Place for My Child? Guide

The informational booklet from Child Care Aware® about what to look for when searching for and visiting child care and preschool for your child.

Child Care and Preschool Visit Checklist

A checklist you can take with you when visiting programs and providers to help you determine if it is the best fit for your child and your family.