Nearly 6,000 childcare providers are receiving additional funds through a $365 million Child Care Stabilization Grant to provide bonuses to staff and keep childcare facilities open for Michigan families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in a press release on Thursday.
"Our economy cannot thrive without a strong childcare industry," Whitmer said in the release. "I worked across the aisle to secure the largest investment in childcare in the state’s history. This funding helps keep our childcare businesses open, makes childcare more affordable for families and delivers bonuses to childcare professionals."
Grants were awarded to licensed centers, group homes, family homes and tribal childcare providers that applied for funding in fall 2021. Funds must be used to support operational expense and a site’s COVID response, according to the state.