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Part-Time and Co-op Child Care and Preschool Programs

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Centers listed care for 13 or more children and are licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS). The list also includes in-house centers for organizations with staffs of 1,000 or more.

Registration: Child care centers are open year round unless otherwise indicated. Most take applications at any time. Centers that include preschool programs or kindergarten often enroll annually for the school year. Call the centers for registration information.

Home Day Care: Ann Arbor has 100 active, registered day care family homes (for 6 or fewer children) and licensed group homes (for up to 12 children). For information, contact the Child Care Network (734-975-1840, or visit to search a database of all family and group homes.

Allergies: Many centers have food allergy programs. Contact providers.

V: Center offers before- and/or after-school care for elementary students (some also provide transportation-call to ask). 

BA: All teachers hold at least a bachelor's degree in child development or a related field.
Drop-In: Drop-in child care available.
NAEYC: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
TT: Child must be toilet trained.

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Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool

1547 Miller [map]
(734) 585-5555

Curriculum-free, all play, parent cooperative preschool for age 2 1/2 and up. Parent-toddler program available. Younger siblings welcome on parent workdays. Adult-child ratio 1:3. Call for rates. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; schedule matches AAPS school year. Offers summer program., 115, C3

Allen Creek Preschool

2350 Miller [map]
(734) 994-3382

Twice-weekly parent-toddler classes for ages 1-3; half-day preschool programs for ages 3&4, and Pre-K. After school art classes and summer program. Openings for fall 2015., BA, 116, B3

Ann Arbor Christian School

5500 Whitmore Lake [map]
(734) 741-4948

Half-day preschool and kindergarten for ages 3-5 with Christian emphasis. Three year-olds meet Tues. & Thurs. 8:15-11:30 a.m. ($1,704/year); 4 year-olds meet Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:15-11:30 a.m. ($2,076/year); kindergartners meet Mon.-Fri. 8:15-11:45 a.m. ($4,500/year)., BA, TT, 117, D1

Ann Arbor Hills Child Development Center

2775 Bedford [map]
(734) 971-3080

Programs for parents and toddlers, Fri. 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Preschool programs Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ramelle Alexander & Beth Randall co-directors., BA, 119, F6

Ann Arbor Nursery, Inc.

517 E. Washington [map]
(734) 769-7966

Co-op preschool for ages 3-5. Children must turn 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. Parents assist 2-3 times/month. Sibling nursery available. Open Sept.-late May. 3-year-olds meet Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:15-11:30 a.m. 4-year-olds meet Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:45-3:15 p.m. Adult-child ratio 1:4. $570/semester. Open house in early Feb., BA, TT, 118, D5

Ann Arbor Public Schools Preschool and Family Center

2775 Boardwalk [map]
(734) 994-2303

Runs the Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program for children ages 3 & 4 who live in the Ann Arbor school district and meet income or eligibility guidelines, including those on public assistance or with children at risk; also Early Childhood Special Education program for ages 3-5 who have diagnosed disabilities. Comprehensive early childhood programs and services for newborn-age 3. Ongoing enrollment., BA, NAEYC, 120, E7

The Early Learning Center

3070 Redwood [map]
(734) 973-7722

Half-day preschool for ages 2 1/2-6. Adult-child ratio 1:7. Contact for rates. Open Sept.-June, Mon.-Fri. 8:45-11:45 a.m. & Tues.-Thurs. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Follows AAPS calendar., BA, NAEYC, TT, 121, G7

First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery

120 S. State [map]
(734) 662-7660

Co-op preschool for ages 3-young 5. Parents assist 3- and 4-year-olds 6-8 times/semester. 3-year-olds meet Tues. & Thurs. 9:15-11:30 a.m. ($600/year), adult-child ratio 1:5. 4-year-olds meet Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:15-11:30 a.m. ($880/year), adult-child ratio 1:5. 3- and 4-year-old split class meets Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 12:30-3:15 p.m. ($880/year), adult-child ratio 1:5. Young 5s meet Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon ($2,700/year), adult-child ratio 1:6 with no assistance required by parents. Scholarships available., TT, 122, D4

Gingerbread House

1600 Textile [map]
(734) 429-1270

Preschool for ages 2 1/2-5. Adult-child ratios 1:6-1:9. $30/day. 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri. (options for 2-5 days). Closed in the summer. 123, F8

Glacier Way West Side Co-op Preschool

900 S. Seventh, West Side United Methodist Church [map]
(734) 995-0707

Preschool for ages 3 & 4; parents participate 6-8 days/semester. Adult-child ratio 1:4. Open Sept.-May. 3-year-olds meet Tues. & Thurs. 9:15-11:30 a.m. ($265/semester). 4-year-olds meet Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:15-11:30 a.m. ($375/semester)., BA, 124, C5


3800 Waldenwood [map]
(734) 994-4485

Child care enrichment program for King Elementary School students during the school year. Thematic curriculum. Flexible scheduling (sign up for 1-5 days/week); call for fees. Adult-child ratio 1:12. Care on teacher in-service days., V, Drop-In, 125, G4

Rec&Ed School Age Child Care

1515 S. Seventh [map]
(734) 994-2300

Before- and after-school care at many AAPS schools for grades K-5 (through grade 6 at Ann Arbor Open @ Mack and A2 Steam @ Northside). Camps during school breaks. Flexible scheduling and scholarships available. Also provides before and after preschool child care available at Allen Elementary School & Thurston Elementary School. Mon.-Fri. schedule. Both programs offer camps during summer break. Enroll online. V, Drop-in (for enrolled children), TT, 126, D6

Stone School Cooperative Preschool

2811 Stone School [map]
(734) 971-4820

Preschool for ages 2 1/2-5; parents assist in class 5-9 times per semester. Adult-child ratio 1:5. Age 3 meets Tues. & Thurs. 9:15-11:30 a.m.; mixed-age class for ages 3-4 meets Tues. & Thurs. 1-3:15 p.m.; age 4 meets Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:15-11:30 a.m.; and older 4's or young 5's (pre-K) class meets Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:45-3:15 p.m. Tuition $75-$105/month., BA, 127, F7

TLC Adventure Preschool

1400 W. Stadium, Trinity Lutheran Church [map]
(734) 662-4419

Ages 2 1/2-5. Adult-child ratio 1:8. $375/month (plus $75 registration fee). Sept.-May, Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. &, BA, TT, 128, C6

Triangle Cooperative Preschool

1432 Washtenaw, First Presbyterian Church [map]
(734) 761-7688

Preschool for ages 3 & 4; parents assist in class 7-9 times/semester. Adult-child ratio 1:5. Open Sept.-May. 3yr.-olds meet Mon. & Wed. 9-11:30 a.m., $339/semester. 4yr.-olds meet Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 9-noon, $449/semester. Some tuition assistance. Open house in Feb., BA, 129, E5

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