The second round of the 365 million dollars Child Care Stabilization Grant Programwhich will distribute funds and a $1,000 retention bonus to keep child care programs open is underway.
“I remember how valuable childcare was when my daughters were young. Today, I fight to ensure that every family has access to affordable, quality child care that meets their needs,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a news release Tuesday. “It starts with making sure our local childcare businesses can stay open and pay their staff a living wage. I’m proud that we’re making things happen for Michigan youth, child care professionals, and small businesses. With this investment, we will continue to grow Michigan’s economy and make our communities stronger.
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said as a father, he knows how important child care is to countless families across Michigan.
“That’s why it’s so important to thank and support the child care professionals who stand up for Michigan communities every day,” Gilchrist said. “These stabilization grants are investments that support families and will make our communities stronger. Governor Whitmer and I will continue to work hard to help the people of Michigan access affordable, high-quality child care.
Child Care Stabilization Grants are available to Michigan’s approximately 8,000 licensed child care programs. This funding was included in the Governor’s fiscal year 2022 budget, which included breakthrough investments in child care and was provided on the kitchen table issues that matter most to families, communities and families. small enterprises.
In January, nearly 6,000 child care providers received funding from the first round of Child Care Stabilization Grants and 38,000 child care professionals received bonuses.
These grants were awarded to child care providers in each county. The Century Foundation estimates that to date, Child Care Stabilization Fund grants and other ARPA child care investments have saved 3,567 child care programs. and 135,795 spaces in Michigan.
“I live in a rural area with only three licensed child care programs. My kids are older teenagers and I thought about closing my daycare because financially I can make more money almost anywhere,” said Jennifer Lundquist, owner of a home-based child care program. in Nashville, Michigan. “With prices going up on everything and so many job options. Receiving this grant has allowed me to keep tuition low for families and save money to keep daycare open when families in our community have very few options.
“The child care subsidy funds have improved my daycare by allowing me to give my employees extra pay that I didn’t have to give them. It helped me buy more toys and supplies and fix things in my daycare. It allowed me to do a lot of the repairs that needed to be done and helped provide a safer environment for the kids who attend,” said Felicia Caver Davis, owner and operator of Little Bubbles Daycare in Detroit. “This scholarship has helped me enormously! And thank you all very much for the help. I can’t wait to apply for the next grant so I can do even more for my daycare!
“This grant has been very helpful to our center,” said Molly Denman, owner of Wee Folk Child Care Center in Rockford. “It allowed us to continue to provide health benefits to our staff, a benefit that we planned to reduce to reduce costs. It also allowed us to recognize staff who do physically and emotionally draining work. We were able to make updates and repairs to our building, as well as purchase materials and supplies to continue to deliver a developmentally appropriate program.
Distribution of grants
The Child Care Stabilization Grant is a non-competitive grant that will be awarded to licensed centers, group homes, family homes and tribal child care providers to cover operating expenses. Almost all applicants are also eligible to receive $1,000 signing bonuses for filling vacancies. There are a total of 5,890 scholarships.
Average rewards include:
- Family House Program: $10,763
- Group Home Program: $20,454
- CPE: $108,685
Total bonuses awarded:
- $1,000 to 24,947 full-time employees
- $500 to 13,213 part-time employees
Application for the Child Care Stabilization Grant is now open, but the application deadline is May 26, 2022.
Licensed child care providers are eligible and should visit michigan.gov/childcare to confirm your eligibility, consult the frequently asked questions and apply. This is a non-competitive grant. All eligible applicants will receive funding. Early Childhood Professionals will receive bonuses directly from their employer and do not need to apply.
The Child Care Stabilization Grant is part of a $1.4 billion investment to expand access to affordable, quality child care for Michigan families.
For more information, visit michigan.gov/childcare.