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Bipartisan Childcare Reforms Introduced

Jun 18, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined members of the House Democratic and Republican caucuses this week to unveil a plan to enact childcare reforms, with the goal of establishing a more accessible, higher quality childcare system. The plan will prioritize high-quality care to ensure children are safe while also providing flexibility to support providers that depend on adequate resources to deliver effective care.

Measures within the proposal include:

    • A safe path for providers to locate in multi-use buildings to expand access to where families live and work.
    • Allow providers to share certain health and safety records online to help parents access information.
    • Enhanced reporting requirements and more concise regulations.

According to a press release, 75% of children in Michigan live in areas with limited access to childcare. In addition, 10 Michigan counties do not currently have licensed slots at centers that serve children younger than 30 months. The bill package has been referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee for consideration.

Earlier in the week, Governor Whitmer announced her proposal to invest $1.4 billion in Federal childcare funding to expand access, make childcare more affordable, and support childcare professionals as part of her administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan. For more details on her proposal, please click here.

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