A package of bipartisan legislation signed last week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aims to increase parents’ access to child care and cut through some of the red tape that providers have been forced to navigate while nearly half of all Michigan families live in a child care desert.
With a new Omicron subvariant causing an increase in COVID-19 cases, it is important now more than ever to make sure Michiganders, especially children, are caught up on all recommended immunizations. Southeast Michigan is already seeing an increase in cases.
Whitmer’s plan comes at a time when schools are struggling to retain teachers fleeing the profession after years of low pay, pandemic burnout, and most recently, the ongoing culture war over how race is taught in classrooms.
The Whitmer administration is also providing funds to nearly 6,000 childcare programs to help keep programs open, recruit new workers, and provide services to families who may not otherwise be able to afford the cost.