A home that has a person with a substance use disorder in it can be a destructive environment for children. Alternatively, a home that has a parent in recovery in it can be an exceptionally healthy environment, but many parents can’t get to their vital 12 step meetings due to parental obligations. This can have detrimental consequences.
It’s a frustrating dilemma. You are a better parent when you attend meetings, but you can’t get to meetings because you are a parent.
The Ann Arbor Women’s Group’s free child care program fulfills a crucial need for parents in recovery. Since December 2010 A2WG has provided safe, free childcare while parents attend their 12 step meetings.
- Child care staff are background checked and Red Cross certified
- Leave your child with us for 1.5 hours worry-free
- Get the much-needed recovery you (and your child) deserve
- Program is for women, men, and family members who are in recovery (AA and Alanon)
Parents must attend the meetings in the buildings where child care is provided and cannot leave the premises.
Meetings and Times
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, meetings have moved online and there is no childcare for the month of April.
*A2WG is not affiliated with AA or Alanon
Child Care Coordinator
Hello! My name is Elyssa. Amanda introduced me to A2WG childcare in 2015 and I was a regular substitute childcare staff member until I was offered the position as the Childcare Coordinator. It has been great meeting all the fun and enthusiastic kids as well as their parents, and I love my role as the Child Care Coordinator for A2WG, meeting and helping more families as time goes on. I attended high school at the Early College Alliance @ EMU, studied abroad in Sichuan, China, was the treasurer for two student organizations at Eastern Michigan University, and am currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan. My experience with kids includes several years of babysitting, three years working for A2WG, and volunteering at the Peace Neighborhood Center as a tutor for some awesome elementary school students.
Child Care Assistants
My name is Emma. I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan. My plan is to major in environmental science and eventually become a researcher and conservationist. In the past, I have volunteered at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and with Give 365. I enjoy working with kids and I have been working as a childcare assistant for A2WG for over a year.
Hi, I’m Amanda! I’ve been working as a childcare assistant for five years at A2WG and it’s amazing! I have amazing co-workers, the kids are awesome, and I’m always down to blow some bubbles! I’ve worked in the toddler room at West Side United Methodist Church and taught a Sunday school class once a month there also. I am currently away at college in New York, but I’ll be back during school breaks to help out. Some extracurricular/volunteer activities I enjoy are: I play ultimate Frisbee (not very well), I volunteered at the Humane Society at birthday parties and with the dogs, I was on the student council, the music club and I worked at the YMCA and Americorp.
Childcare Subs (not pictured)
Hailey, Katherine, Melanie