Mid-Michigan childcare providers will receive $4.5 million in state cash from $365 million currently being made statewide.
Nearly 6,000 childcare providers are receiving $365 million in grants to provide employee bonuses and keep daycare facilities open to families in Michigan.
In Clare County, $1.07 million will go to nine child care centers, two family home service providers, and nine group homes.
Isabella was split $2.5 million among 21 child care centers, 12 family homes and 25 group homes.
Gratiot will see $994,427 divided among six child care centers, 14 family homes and 25 group homes.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the fund would help open programs and provide $1,000 bonuses to full-time employees.
“Many families in Michigan rely on childcare to keep their children safe, happy, healthy, and in school while parents go to work or school. It’s simple. Our economy cannot thrive without a thriving childcare industry, Mr. Whitmer said.
“I worked across the aisle to secure the largest investment in childcare in the history of the state. This funding helps keep our childcare business alive, makes childcare more affordable for families, and provides bonuses to childcare professionals. All of our children deserve a great start. These grants are another investment in their future.”
Grants have been awarded to licensed centers, group homes, family homes, and tribal childcare providers. Funds must be used to support the site’s operational costs and COVID response.
“I am very grateful for this grant. It gives me the opportunity to provide free childcare to my families. I also plan to use the grant money to increase the salaries of my employees. I want an employee who will stay here and be appreciated more than a minimum wage employee,” said Tamie Stampfly, owner and operator of a family daycare in Berrien County.
“I’ve owned a home childcare business for 10 years. I love this job, but it’s hard work. I work 18 hours a day. The pandemic makes it even more difficult. This grant makes it a little easier to stay open-minded and focused on upbringing my children.”
“I am honored to serve the children of Flint at two centers. Unfortunately, one of my locations has been temporarily closed due to the pandemic and staffing shortages,” said Teyana Sprinkle, owner and operator of the Honey Bee Palace Child Care Center in Flint.
“This grant will help me reopen my program, recruit qualified staff, and continue to provide high-quality early learning for children and families in my community.”
Theresa Buggia, owner and director at Children’s Clubs in Tuscola County, said: “This grant is like a lifesaver to ultimately pay all employees more than minimum wage as well. such as providing more than the minimum level of training”. “I plan to reward when employees improve their education on behalf of the kids. This will include additional training to deepen understanding of how to serve children with special needs and trauma as it is part of our daily lives. ”
Nearly all applicants also claim and receive a $1,000 bonus grant to fill employee vacancies. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is partnering with Michigan Works! network in February to host a virtual job fair to fill these jobs. Interested applicants should visit Michigan.gov/workforce for more details on these events.
“Quality, accessible child care is essential for our communities and economies to grow and thrive. The pandemic has made it clear that the work of early childhood educators is essential.
Michigan Works! The system looks forward to partnering with the State of Michigan to help job seekers across Michigan connect with opportunities in this dynamic and rewarding industry,” said Carrie Rosingana, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works!.
Retaining licensed child care providers is critical to the state’s economic recovery.
“Businesses thrive when employees and their families have a steady stream of quality childcare options. Furthermore, it is a long-term investment in the talent pool that gives Michigan a competitive edge in future generations. ”
Brad Williams, Vice President of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Office. “Bipartisan leadership from Governor Whitmer and the Legislature that invests in families today and our workforce tomorrow is another step toward demonstrating that Michigan’s business climate continues to thrive. continuously improved.”
“It’s no secret that businesses are having a hard time finding employees and a major barrier to entering the workforce right now is access to affordable child care. perhaps,” said Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber.
“These steady grants are a huge step forward in helping to address the childcare shortage in Michigan, and I thank Governor Whitmer for her leadership, as have the leaders. Legislature in Lansing for making this important investment.”
“We look forward to continuing to advocate for more access to quality, affordable child care in the future,” Johnston added.
The Child Care Stabilization Grant is a non-competitive grant for child care programs to help stabilize operations and support the health and safety of children and staff.
Eligible licensed childcare programs are eligible to apply for funding in the fall of 2021. A second application will be released in late spring 2022.
Governor Whitmer signed a bipartisan budget that includes $730 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support the Stability Allowance and employee bonuses.
Total sponsored awards: 5,890
• Family Shelter Program: $10,763
• Home group program: $20,454
• Childcare Center: $108,685
Total prize money awarded:
• 1,000 to 24,947 full-time employees
• $500 to 13,213 part-time employees
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