U-M and the City of Ann Arbor have many resources and activities to support the needs of families. Build community with other parents and caregivers, seek guidance for the unique challenges or questions you may have, and find study/work spaces on campus designed for you to bring infants and children. Navigate below to learn more.
Resources for Caregiving Students and Scholars
- Center for the Education of Women+ Guide for Student Caregivers - includes career and educational counseling, a study space for caregivers and children, events and workshops, scholarships and fellowships, and emergency funding.
- Counseling and Psychological Services Guide for Student Caregivers
- Michigan Medicine Guide for Medical Students with Families
- Michigan Caregiver and Student Parents Organization
- Student Parent and Caregiver Study Room in Shapiro Library
Support for Spouses and Partners
- CEW+ Career and Education Counseling is available to spouses and partners of students and scholars through the Center for the Education of Women+.
- Partners and Littles (PALS) for Ross School of Business family members.
- Postdoctoral Association for Families
- Northwood residents have the opportunity to attend numerous community programs open to families each month.
- Many International Center programs and events are open to family members of international students and scholars! Check the IC Events Calendar for upcoming events. The intended audience is included in the description of each event.
- U-M’s Work-Life Resource Center maintains a database of local childcare providers. Daycare facilities in the area often fill quickly. Be sure to research your options early and request to be added to waitlists.
- Campus Child Care Homes Network - licensed, independent Ann Arbor area home childcare providers who serve U-M families.
- Family Helpers - online profiles of U-M students and retirees who offer child care and other family support.
- Kids Kare at Home - occasional back-up childcare.
- U-M Childcare Subsidy - financial assistance for childcare. (Please review all eligibility requirements. For international students with spouses/partners, your spouse/ partner must also be enrolled in school at least part time or be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week to be eligible for the subsidy.)
Schooling (Young 5/Kindergarten through high school)
- Public Schools in the U.S. are publicly funded and free to all children from kindergarten through high school. Admission is based on address, so children within designated areas attend school together and are guaranteed a place at their neighborhood school. The two public school systems nearest to U-M are:
- Charter Schools are publicly funded independent schools established by teachers, parents, or community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority.
- Private Schools are not publicly funded and charge tuition fees to students' families. Independence from government funding allows private schools to follow whatever curriculum they choose. Private schools can be religious or secular.
- Washtenaw Intermediate School District - serves the public school districts and public school academies of Washtenaw County providing support for students of color, students with disabilities, and students experiencing poverty.
Elder Care Resources
View these resources to help you as you care for your aging relative, counseling services and support groups for caregivers, and housing search resources.
Recreation and Activities for Families
- Ann Arbor Public Schools Recreation and Education - enrichment classes and sports for all ages)
- Ann Arbor With Kids - a guide to a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities for families living in and near Ann Arbor.
- Hands-On Museum
- Leslie Science and Nature Center
- U-M Museum of Natural History
- Michigan Science Center
- Henry Ford Museum
- Detroit Zoo
- Toledo Zoo
- Find numerous activities on the International Center’s Entertainment and Activities page!
Ann Arbor Community Free & Lower Cost Necessities
Ann Arbor Community Free & Lower Cost Necessities – Living in Ann Arbor with a family can quickly become expensive. There are many local resources available to assist families in attaining needs like food, household items, and clothing.
Many International Center programs and events are open to family members! Sign up for the International Center’s Newsletter for International Families to learn about these programs each month.
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