Stories tagged: "child care"

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a bipartisan child care package into law on June 23, 2022.  (Courtesy/Gov. Gretchen Whitmer)
New Legislation to Expand Child Care Opportunities in Michigan

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.

Image by Shutterstock
‘Wyatt’s Law’ Will Create a Statewide Child Abuse Registry to Protect Michigan’s Kids

"Had there been a searchable registry for convicted child abusers, I know this would have never happened to Wyatt," his mother, Erica Hammel said.

Photo by Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock
The Best Protection Against Serious Childhood Diseases Is Vaccination, Michigan Health Experts Say

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. 

A childcare center. Image credits: Shutterstock
Are You a Michigan Childcare Worker? You May Be Eligible for Another $1,000 Bonus.

"Receiving this grant allowed me to keep tuition low for families and save money to keep the daycare open, when families in our community have very few options,” one Michigan childcare provider said. 

Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images
Teacher Bonuses, Better Mental Health Care, Expanded Preschool: Inside Gov. Whitmer’s New Plan to Improve Education

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.

Photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor
Whitmer Gives 38,000 Childcare Workers a Bonus Using Money From American Rescue Plan

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.

Photo Courtesy Rick Howard
‘Blessed to Have a Business’: Michigan Childcare Center Owner Opens Up About Pandemic

Michigan childcare centers are receiving funds to help them operate and retain employees during a time when they're desperately needed.