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Child care allocated $1.4 billion in new state budget

In an attempt to address the implications that the lack of accessible and affordable childcare is having on the labor market, the new state budget allocated $1.4 billion towards Michigan’s child care system. Child care measures included in the new budget include:

• $700 million in stabilization grants, which will go directly to child care providers to cover costs and help them stay open.
• $36.5 million to contract with providers who care for infants and toddlers. Care for the youngest children is in short supply, in part because it is expensive – an adult can only legally care for 3 or 4 infants at a time. Through contracts, as opposed to a biweekly reimbursement, the state can provide more stable funding.
• $100 million to help open new child care centers in areas where there aren’t enough early childhood classrooms and to expand existing centers.
• $30 million to pay child care workers a $1,000 bonus.

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