CDC’s mission is to educate, guide and nurture each child, while supporting families and creating community.


Community Day Care was founded in 1972, by a group of parents with young children. After much controversy and work with the city council, CDC finally became a reality for them and children in the neighborhood had a place to go while there parents worked.

In 1984, that same group of parents pushed for after school programming, in the elementary schools. CDC  piloted the first program of it's kind here in Ann Arbor, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Public School District. Based on that pilot program, before and after school programming took off.

We currently serve nearly 400 families  in the greater Ann Arbor community each year.

What’s special about CDC?

Community Day Care (CDC) is a private non-profit charitable organization committed to offering stimulating, child centered, play based programs. CDC is governed by a board of directors made up of current families as well as alumni parents. CDC is determined that our programs should reflect the broad diversity of our community, and that quality care should be available to all families regardless of their financial means.

CDC was started in the spirit of giving to, and sharing with, the broader community. We work hard to keep that spirit alive everyday.

Core Values

core values: people first, great place to learn, give back to others, responsiveness, financially responsible, great place to work

Our Vision

This year alone, CDC families received over $143,000 in assistance for preschool and childcare. This is only made possible because of generous people who donate to help families in our community. Our vision is to see a day when all children receive the care and early education they need regardless of family income.

Our Staff

The staff are what make CDC programs so great! Program Directors, and Teachers have degrees in the field of education and many of the support staff are pursuing degrees in education or a related field. CDC an exceptionally low turnover rate, we value ongoing professional development and education for all staff and even help staff with tuition costs! For more information or to apply for a job, please call. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team!

Board of Directors

CDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We are governed by a board of directors made up of current families, alumni parents and community members. The board serves as a policy setting entity offering support to all programs. In addition to meeting monthly, the board also commits to being a member of a committee. The four main committees are governance, scholarship, finance and development. If you are interested in helping our organization or feel you might be a good fit for our board of directors please contact the the Executive Director at for more information.