Did you know...

In 2020, mental health claims from teens increased 97%.
Source: The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health
70% of teens say anxiety and depression is a “major problem” among their peers.
Source: Pew Research Center, 2019

Skills for real life

With Michigan Cares, students can understand how to manage their emotions.

From learning how to set and achieve goals to making responsible decisions, Michigan Cares guides students to turn struggles into strategies. When asked what would help students, educators often note the need for life skills like making responsible decisions in the classroom, feeling and showing empathy for others, and developing healthy coping techniques. These are just a handful of real-life concerns that Michigan Cares addresses in 1,300+ lessons. Michigan Cares is available at no cost to all Michigan schools and districts.

Program features

Choose your program(s) to customize

Student Programming

The most comprehensive character development curriculum that helps students better understand themselves and others.

An evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) program can help students achieve their full potential so they succeed now and in the future.

We offer an evolving and robust library of lessons on the following topics:
• Responsible decision-making
• Social awareness
• Mental health
• Self-management
• Growth mindset
• Self-awareness
• Effective communication
• Academic success
• Substance abuse
• Bullying prevention
• College prep
• Relationship skills
• Empathy
• And hundreds more!

Parent Programming

Are you positioning parents to be your school's greatest ally?

We offer an evolving and robust library of lessons on the following topics:
• Mental health and depression • Respect
• Digital citizenship
• Drugs, alcohol and vaping
• Racial tolerance
• Academic integrity
• Tardiness and absenteeism
• Fighting and violence
• Study skills
• And hundreds more!

Staff Programming

Are you equipping your teachers and staff with the professional development they need to help them —and their students— thrive?

We offer an evolving and robust library of lessons on the following topics:
• Social-emotional learning
• Sensitivity
• LGBTQ equity and tolerance
• Dealing with disruptive students
• Strategies to reduce tardiness and absenteeism
• Good touch or bad touch
• Reducing test-taking anxiety
• Student mental health
• Harassment, intimidation and bullying
• Equity in the classroom
• Inappropriate relationships
• De-escalating conflict
• Cyberbullying
• And hundreds more!

Mental Health & Prevention

Are you equipping your students with the life skills they need to be safe, successful, and healthy?

We offer an evolving and robust library of lessons on the following topics:
• Leading mental health & prevention program for students
• Expert-crafted, scaffolded lessons across grades K-12
• Pre- and post-tests for each lesson
• Emphasis on how students can H.E.L.P. others
• Teaches students to A.C.T. to care for themselves
• Simple-to-use program with companion guides for educators and parents

Intervention & Restorative Practices

The smartest way to turn discipline into a positive learning experience for students.

Educators recognize that detention and suspension do not positively impact student behavior.

We offer an evolving and robust library of lessons on the following topics:
• Drugs, alcohol, and vaping
• Bullying and cyberbullying
• Tardiness and absenteeism
• Respect
• Digital citizenship
• Racial equity
• LGBTQ equity and tolerance
• Fighting and aggression
• Academic integrity
• And more!

Add on a restorative justice program

Educators and legislators now recognize that detention and suspension do not positively impact student behavior — and in many cases reward bad behavior. This programming enables educators to assign lessons to students related to their infraction. The healthiest and most effective way to address challenging behavior is to approach each incident as a learning opportunity and an exercise in empathy. You can add intervention & restorative justice programming onto your customized bundle for an additional $2,750 per building, with a $500 setup and training fee.

Students are struggling. Let’s do something about it.

About Michigan Cares

Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual teamed up with the mental health and life skills experts at Navigate360 to offer Michigan Cares to schools and districts across the state. Navigate360 will support you and your school or district through each step of the process.

Discover what timely topics are included, learn more about this free program, and see how Michigan Cares can be the helping hand students need.

Are you a parent?

Michigan Cares can help your child manage their emotions and mental health.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.