Finding Childcare


Choosing the Right Provider for Your Child

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Childcare - Choosing the Right Provider for Your Child: What parents should look for in a childcare provider. These resources are provided by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

For a quick overview, you can download our "Looking for Childcare?" information sheet.

Check out the "Child Care Checklist" or use the "Instructions for Today" sheet to pass information to the child care provider.

Great Start to Quality

Great Start to Quality: Helps families find the best early learning settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they give to children. Search based on your family needs for care. Also check out the 5-star rating system, parent toolkit, and other resources on the website. is a one-stop destination to find babysitters, nannies, senior/elder care support, housekeepers and even pet sitters! Their site allows you to view detailed profiles of their vetted providers and select by experience, hourly rate, availability and more.

If you have needs for care in other areas across the nation (for example, if your elder mom lives in Florida, or you have a conference in Atlanta and you want to take your baby) you can find care anywhere!

You can also look for College Caregivers—if you want to have access to MSU students’ profiles, you can search the system by college.

You must enroll with your MSU NetID email address. Michigan State University gives MSU affiliates free access to view profiles, post job descriptions and communicate with providers. It is your responsibility to hire providers and pay a negotiated rate for them to work in your home.

Au Pair

Au Pair in America: Touted as the world’s most experienced live-in child care program,  Au Pair in America is the first organization to be designed by the U.S. Government to offer a legal au pair program.

Child Care Licensing and Reports

If you are looking to find a licensed child care or view child care licensing reports, you can search for them on the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. Statewide search for child daycare centers and homes, licensing reports, program details and potential code violations are available. You can search providers in your area, or by zip code in another area. This site provides licensing information, including the license number of each provider, as well as licensing violations.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies: The goal of the Association is to advance a childcare system that effectively serves all children and families, including military families. Visit their website to view a comprehensive checklist on choosing a childcare provider.