Lansing Chamber Urges Governor, Lawmakers to Invest in Child Care Reform

The Lansing chamber said the state must ensure investments in child care to help children, providers, families and businesses thrive.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with business organizations across the state pressing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers to invest federal stimulus dollars to support child care reforms.

The large number of women who have left the workforce cannot find the care they need or can afford. The resulting loss of talent in the workforce is having a huge impact on employers and the economy, and the Lansing chamber said the state must ensure investments in child care to help children, providers, families and businesses thrive.

“Child care has emerged as a leading concern for our members,” said Michelle Rahl, the chamber’s vice president of member engagement. “Child care concerns are one of the top reasons cited by workers who haven’t been able to come back or are leaving the workforce. The impact is being felt mostly by women and particularly by communities of color. The impact on the workforce cannot be overstated.”

To that end, Whitmer recently announced she is proposing a $1.4 billion investment in federal child care funding to expand access to high-quality child care, make child care more affordable and support child care professionals as part of the administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan.

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“All families deserve access to quality child care that meets their needs, and the investments I’ve announced … will make child care more attainable and affordable for Michigan families,” Whitmer said. “My plan will support Michigan child care businesses and honor child care professionals by providing more financial support and security to providers. I’ve pledged my support for early educators, and this approach will deliver that support.”

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