Child Care Programs


Blackbird Child Care is a service provided by the Harbor Springs School District. The program provides child care services for children infants through 7 years of age. Children receive care and learning experiences in high quality, safe environments. Programming is based upon developmentally appropriate practice with a diverse team of caregivers and teachers. Blackbird Child Care Center is led by a program director who is part of the leadership team of Harbor Springs Public Schools.

BBCCC is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM – 6 PM. We serve families with children 6 weeks – 7 years old (1st grade). BBCCC is also the home of Blackbird Preschool, a half-day, M-Th, GSRP and tuition based preschool, and The Harborage, a M-F School-Age program.

We are located in the Blackbird Elementary School at 421 East Lake Street, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740. Our main phone number is 231.526.4656

BBCCC is licensed through the State of Michigan for 106 children. We are also participants in the Great Start to Quality Star Rating program, and partners with Char-Em Intermediate School District

Our Vision

All children learning and growing in a setting of joy, kindness, and warmth that ensures families know their children are safe and cared for and assures the community feels confident and secure in the services provided by Blackbird Child Care.

Our Mission

To provide all children access to quality early learning and care experiences in a safe, caring, fun environment. Supporting the growth and development of children through opportunities to explore, experiment, and learn. Communicating openly and honestly with families and engaging the community we serve.

Our Core Values


We believe every child deserves a high-quality care and learning environment, caring and loving caregivers, and experience based on developmentally appropriate practices.


We believe that respecting each individual child and family, honoring uniqueness, and valuing diversity is the foundation of relationship building and the success of our program.


We believe in providing children with play-based learning experiences based upon observation, exploration, and experimentation. Learning happens in the context of the classroom, the playground, and beyond.


We believe that working together results in a better environment for children to learn and grow in, for families to engage in, and for staff to grow and develop in.

Our Philosophy

At Blackbird Child Care we believe all children deserve a safe and nurturing environment that supports development and learning. The environment is set up to encourage active engagement in learning through evidence-based, developmentally appropriate experiences. The program is structured to provide a routine that engages children and supports their unique, individual needs and sets them up for success socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. The materials provided are age appropriate and intended to spark interest and challenge.

Positive relationships among all are encouraged and supported. Children and families feel welcome, staff are warm, friendly, and engaging, and children are encouraged to work and play together. Teachers and caregivers use knowledge of child development and observation to prepare and implement developmentally appropriate experiences. Families are respected as a child’s first teachers and their input and feedback is encouraged and used to guide program growth and innovation.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Blackbird Child Care has an unwavering commitment to respecting the diversity of all children and families, promoting equity throughout the program, and creating inclusive classroom communities that welcome and support everyone.

Childcare Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of child care for both Blackbird Childcare Center and The Harborage.  Applications are considered four times throughout the year and are handled in a confidential manner.  We encourage our families to reach out if in need.  Our goal is to provide high quality child care to as many families as possible.  See application form below for instructions.  If you, or your organization, are interested in donating to the childcare scholarship fund, please contact Michael Behrmann, Superintendent of Schools, 231-526-4540, 

Blackbird and Harborage Child Care Center Scholarship Application Revised 9.22.21

Thank you to our generous contributors to the Blackbird Child Care Center Scholarship Fund!

The Van Andel Foundation

Hestia Women’s Giving Circle

St. John’s Community Fund

William and Louise T. Harrison Fund

Susan S. Ford – Triford Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Ford – Triford Foundation

To inquire, please click “Inquire Here” and fill out the form. You will be added to our waitlist and contacted shortly. 
We encourage families to set up a tour before enrolling to ensure that our program is a good fit for you and your family