In an effort to make childcare more accessible statewide, the House approved of a bipartisan package containing a series of reforms this week. The issue of adequate childcare throughout Michigan has been brought to the forefront during the pandemic. While businesses struggle to hire enough employees, many potential workers remain out of the job market due to the lack of care for their children.
This package would allow certain in-home childcare providers to care for seven children per adult instead of the current level of six. The plan also creates a new program to support increased options for toddler and infants as currently there are ten counties in the state with no available slots at licensed care centers serving children younger than 30 months. The legislation seeks to ease the process to open care facilities in multi-use buildings, while ensuring sufficient safety standards. Lastly, the proposal would provide a 90-day grace period for providers to comply with health and safety requirements and allows for the formation of networks to provide training, business services, and other support. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Families, Seniors, and Veterans Committee for consideration.
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