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

Parent Programming

Staff Programming

Mental Health & Prevention

Intervention & Restorative Practices

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.

Schools love Michigan Cares

Many schools across Michigan have already signed up!

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.