Governor Whitmer Publicizes Caring for MI Future Plan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Could 16, 2022

Contact: Press@michigan.gov

 

Governor Whitmer Publicizes Caring for MI Future Plan

The plan units a daring objective to open 1,000 new youngster care applications by 2024 by $100 million funding to develop entry to youngster look after working households and help youngster care suppliers

Battle Creek, Mich. – At present, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, the Michigan Division of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and the Michigan Division of Training introduced an formidable objective to open 1,000 new youngster care applications by the tip of 2024 and launched Caring for MI Future— a $100 million plan to get there.

“Practically half of Michigan households reside in a group with out sufficient youngster care choices to satisfy their wants. Lack of kid care choices means households are pressured to depart the workforce, work fewer hours, or piece collectively youngster care choices that don’t work very nicely for his or her household. That doesn’t work for youths, households, or employers,” stated Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “That’s why I’m proud to have labored throughout the aisle to safe a $100 million bipartisan funding to launch the Caring for MI Future plan, which can dramatically improve entry to youngster care throughout our state. Opening and increasing youngster care applications will join extra children with high quality early studying and assist extra households return to work figuring out their children are protected.”

“Now we have unimaginable youngster care entrepreneurs throughout the state, and proper now, they’re standing tall for youths on a shoestring price range. The Caring for MI Future plan responds to probably the most urgent wants going through youngster care entrepreneurs and strives to create a extra sustainable youngster care market in Michigan,” stated Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “This plan helps entrepreneurs create prime quality services, safe early capital, recruit gifted workers, and join with technical help earlier than they’re licensed. Investing in entrepreneurs means extra Michigan children and households have entry to prime notch youngster care of their communities. That’s excellent news for Michigan.”

“High quality youngster care applications are the silent drivers of our economic system.” stated Michigan Division of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks. “This funding will develop entry to protected, high quality, reasonably priced youngster care throughout the state. LARA’s One-Cease Store will assist youngster care entrepreneurs discover and create protected locations to open their enterprise, help with start-up funding, join them to youngster care training grants, and supply ongoing enterprise helps to assist them succeed.

“Caring for MI Future helps our increasing effort to do all we are able to to assist our little ones get an awesome begin and assist their dad and mom entry high quality youngster care,” stated State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Now we have the sources and the chance within the state proper now to make a major distinction for our youngsters whereas serving to drive an economic system that may present for kids and households. It is a nice bipartisan funding in Michigan’s future.”

“Vibrant Lights opened on February 1 of this yr and the previous three months are the end result of a imaginative and prescient I’ve had for some time,” stated Lindsey Potter, proprietor of Vibrant Lights Early Care. “I labored steadily for over a yr on the licensing and enterprise startup operations course of and am excited to be part of this announcement that may proceed to help youngster care entrepreneurs like myself and the educators we make use of.”

Caring for MI Future 

Caring for MI Future is a $100 million funding to assist extra Michigan households discover high quality, reasonably priced youngster care of their group. At present, in line with the Michigan League for Public Coverage, practically half of communities shouldn’t have sufficient youngster care choices to satisfy demand. 

To reply, the state is investing $100 million to dramatically improve entry to youngster care throughout the state and open 1,000 new, or expanded, youngster care applications by the tip of 2024. This technique responds to probably the most urgent wants going through youngster care entrepreneurs and creates sustainable techniques to help the present and subsequent technology of kid care enterprise homeowners. 

By means of Caring for Mi Future, entrepreneurs may have entry to:

  • Assist figuring out and renovating services: Baby care companies want entry to reasonably priced, licensable areas to care for youths. There will likely be $51.1 million in grant funding out there to renovate and improve services to satisfy licensing and high quality requirements. Grant functions will likely be out there in late summer season 2022.
  • Startup funding: Cashflow is an ongoing problem for youngster care companies, particularly new websites that should incur prices nicely earlier than they’ve income. The state will award $23 million in grants for applications earlier than they’re licensed and instantly after receiving their license. 
  • Assist to recruit workers: Entrepreneurs can’t open and develop their companies if they will’t rent workers. The state will make investments over $11.4 million to proceed our statewide effort to recruit, prepare, and retain gifted early educators that reside and work within the communities they serve.
  • Enterprise growth instruments: Many new companies profit from help from the state and their group to evaluate market calls for, determine house, adjust to well being and security guidelines—together with native zoning, and create a marketing strategy. The state will make investments $14.3 million to align these sources and make the startup and licensing course of clearer and quicker for suppliers. 

For added particulars on when particular grants will likely be out there to entrepreneurs, go to Michigan.gov/childcare.

Delivering for Households

Caring for MI Future is a part of a bipartisan $1.4 billion funding to develop entry to high quality, reasonably priced youngster care and get Michigan households again to work. Baby care is commonly the biggest expense in a household’s price range and one in three Michigan households are actually eligible at no cost or low-cost youngster care. 

To qualify, households should: 

  • Have a baby underneath age 13 
  • Want youngster care as a result of they’re working or going to high school
  • Have a qualifying revenue. 
  • Your month-to-month revenue should be lower than $2,686 for a household of two, $3,386 for a household of three, or $4,085 for a household of 4. 
  • Go to Michigan.gov/childcare for a whole checklist of causes households might qualify for low or no value youngster care and qualifying revenue ranges for bigger households.

Households can apply for childcare help by visiting MiBridges.Michigan.gov.

LARA Director Orlene Hawks speaks at podium during the event.

Lt. Gov Gilchrist and Orlene Hawks sit at a table with young children at the event.

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