LANSING, Michigan (WJMN) – The Michigan Child Care Stabilization Grant will provide $ 1,000 bonuses to child care professionals and operating grants to child care companies.
$ 380 million is available through the grant. Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the investment would ensure success for working children and families.
“Child care is the backbone of a strong economy and child care professionals and programs go above and beyond each day to care for our children, helping them to learn and grow in a safe environment, ”Whitmer said. “Countless working parents rely on child care, and without the tireless and often thankless work of providers and professionals, working families could not return to work and realize their potential. I was proud that we were able to come together and put child care providers and professionals first in the bipartisan budget that I signed. Through our collaboration, we are offering every child care professional a bonus of $ 1,000 in recognition of their incredible sacrifices, expanding low-cost or no-cost care to 105,000 children and helping providers invest. and improve their programs. With this investment, we can ensure the success of working children and families while continuing to usher in a new era of prosperity for our communities.
Over 4,000 child care programs have applied for the grant so far, funds are still available, and applications are open until 5:00 PM on December 8. Funds are still available and providers can apply at Michigan.gov/childcare. State Superintendent Dr Michael Rice says funds provide needed support for child care programs
“Child care centers are extremely important in supporting children, families, businesses, and the Michigan economy as a whole,” Rice said. “These public funds help recognize and appreciate child care providers and provide them with the financial support needed to help keep their programs open and focused on our early learners.”
Suppliers can contact their local Great Start Quality Resource Center for assistance in applying.
“These grants help daycares retain and attract staff, improve quality, and invest in the future of their program. We work with a statewide team to encourage every vendor to apply. If you are an accredited child care program and have not applied, please contact your Grand Start to Quality Resource Center to help you apply by December 8, ”said the Dr Tami Mannes, Director of Early Childhood Services at Ottawa Area Intermediate. School district.
“These grants can really stabilize and even speed up programming for many early childhood education and care providers, and that’s why we’re committing resources to make sure providers know about and take advantage of this opportunity.” This includes the daily posts and phone calls to vendors where our team is able to overcome hesitation and even dispel some myths that have luckily led vendors to start their applications even over the phone, ”said Denise Smith, Chief Operating Officer. implemented at Hope Starts Here in Detroit. .
Governor Whitmer also expanded access to free or low-cost child care. Families of four earning up to $ 49,000 per year are eligible for free or low-cost child care. Families can apply for child care assistance by visiting MiBridges.Michigan.gov.