Licensed Programs by County

The map below shows the location of current licensed child care providers by county in the state of Michigan and the distribution of children by census tracts in Michigan.

Information on the licensed child care providers is updated nightly from the Great Start to Quality database, which connects with Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Child care providers are categorized as three types: centers (green), family homes (red), and group homes (yellow). The number of children who are 11 years old and younger in each neighborhood is based on the 2015 American Community Survey’s census tract data. Population data are coded in blue, where the lighter color shows fewer population and the darker color shows high child population in that neighborhood. We mark areas that are in the bottom 5% of population across the state as having "small population."

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Because the number of children ages 0-11 in each census tract varied widely, we grouped them into seven categories to represent no population (0), the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles of the entire data. The distribution of these groups can be seen below.