As a parent, I know that finding a safe place for your child to learn and grow in your absence can be challenging and at times overwhelming.
This page is to help you with some resources in our community to help you with that process.
Our child care program was born due to our desire to spend more time with Dane. If you are looking for a way to spend more time with your own child and open your home to others, please reach out! I would be happy to share with you the process and what I have learned about opening and running a home based child care program.
Finding Child Care
In the state of Michigan it is illegal to provide care for an unrelated child in your home without being licensed. All licensed facilities (both homes and centers) can be found on the state's website. All of the state's inspections are public information and available on the website as well. (Click on the button below)
Payment Assistance Programs
Please note that not all child care programs will accept all forms of child care assistance. (Some of the programs are challenging to manage/work with) However, we attempt to work with all forms of assistance available to families.
The state of Michigan has a child care assistance program through the Department of Human Services. This program has income guidelines and you can find more information and apply by clicking below.
If you are a military family, you may qualify for assistance through Child Care Aware. The program varies slightly based on which branch of the military you are with. Providers must register in order to receive assistance payments and meet certain quality standards. You can learn more and apply by clicking below,
A newer program in the State of Michigan is called Tri-Share. With this program, the cost of child care is split between your employer, the state, and yourself. Each entity pays 1/3 of the cost. Our local agency that manages the Tri-Share program is MARESA. You can learn more about this program by clicking below.
Additional programs have been available through both the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. If you are a tribal member, you are encouraged to reach out to the tribal office to inquire about current child care assistance programs.