Information for Students with Children
Information for Students with Children The University of Michigan's U-M Students with Children web site has detailed information for parents.
Michigan State Law requires that all children between the ages of six and sixteen attend a public, charter or private school accredited by the State of Michigan. Most children aged five to eighteen attend school. The school year usually begins the last week of August and finishes in the middle of June. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Public schools and charter schools are free for all students.
Outside Ann Arbor: If you live outside of Ann Arbor, your child may need to attend a school in another district. Please refer to Washtenaw Intermediate School District for more information
Charter schools receive public education funds but operate independently from the local public school systems. As a result, they are not subject to many of the laws that govern the state school system but are organized by rules set forth in their charter. There is no charge to attend. The ArborWeb charter schools has a listing of these schools.
There are many private schools in the Ann Arbor area. Some are independent while others are affiliated with religious organizations. They charge tuition. For a listing of these schools and contact information, check ArborWeb.
The University's Work/Life Resource Center
U-M Family Helpers is a listing of U-M students who are available for child care and other jobs including housekeeping, errands, tutoring, etc.
There are several child-care centers affiliated with the University.
The Ann Arbor YMCA Child Care Center provides child care services, including after kindergarten and after school child care for children from age 2 through grade 4. Their program includes sports and fitness activities.
Public schools have both before-school and after-school programs for their students available for a fee. Contact your child's school for more information.
Activities for Children
Ann Arbor Area
The Ann Arbor area has many cultural, recreational, musical, and educational opportunities for children of all ages. A few of these opportunities are listed below; for more, see Arborweb's Activities for Kids.
Beyond Ann Arbor
The Metro Detroit and Toledo Areas offer a wide number of attractions for children and families:
Last reviewed: 08/15