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Child Care

Welcome to Great Start Connect!

What is Great Start CONNECT?
It's an on-line system of early learning resources, including a new database of licensed/registered child care and early education programs in Michigan.

  • Find child care and early education providers that can best meet the needs of your family.

  • Use an interactive map to locate resources in your community that offer support to you and young children in your care.


There are a few different types of child care, as you’ve already learned. Child Care and Day Care are used interchangeably. Michigan requires child care programs to be registered/licensed. You can learn more about this here.

  • Child Care Centers / Day Care Centers:

    These are facilities that are located outside of one’s home, typically licensed for more than 12 children. (the number of children depends on the amount of space)

  • Family Homes:

    These are registered programs, in someone’s home, registered for up to 6 children.

  • Group Homes:

    These are registered programs, in someone’s home, licensed for 7-12 children.

To publicize your licensed child care, you can and click on the Great Start Connect button above and follow the instructions (the button can also be found at This is a database of all the licensed and registered programs and you can search by city, address or zip.