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It can be a challenging and important decision for a working parent to find the appropriate childcare. Parents need to find childcare that they trust will provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. This can be especially difficult if both parents are working and their schedules vary or change. Thankfully, there are resources available to assist working parents in their search for licensed childcare providers, as well as other valuable information pertaining to childcare and early educational needs of children.


  • The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA) provides an easy-to-use Childcare Facility Search Tool for finding licensed childcare providers in your area.
  • A Great Start to Quality Parent Brochure
  • The Michigan Department of Education's Great Start to Quality is an excellent site for childcare and preschool resources, connecting families to high-quality early learning and childcare.
  • US DHHS Office of Childcare Resources for Parents
    This site contains valuable information on how to find quality childcare and many other topics that parents may find helpful. This site also contains articles and tips on topics such as using relatives to provide childcare and making decisions regarding returning to work, as well as the local contact phone numbers for certain programs.