Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has reminded licensed childcare programs that there are two weeks left to apply for the Child Care Stabilization Grant authorized in the bipartisan state budget the governor signed in September 2021. The $365 million grant will be used to provide $1,000 bonuses to childcare professionals and awards thousands of dollars in operational grants to local childcare businesses.
“Childcare is essential to helping families, communities, and small businesses succeed, and childcare professionals and programs go above and beyond every day to care for our kids, helping them learn and grow in a safe environment,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Countless Michiganders rely on childcare to go to work knowing that their kids are safe. High-quality, affordable childcare uplifts working families and our kids. That’s why I was proud to work across the aisle to make game-changing investments in our childcare providers and professionals in the bipartisan budget I signed last September. Thanks to our bipartisan efforts, we have been delivering every childcare professional in Michigan a $1,000 bonus in recognition of their incredible sacrifices, expanding low or no-cost care to 105,000 kids, and helping providers improve their facilities. I urge providers to take apply for the state grant so they can continue serving their communities and helping young Michiganders thrive.”
“Childcare professionals are essential. In recognition of the extraordinary role that childcare has played these past three years and will play in Michigan’s economic recovery, help is on the way,” said Dawne Bell, CEO of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.”
The first-round stabilization investments have been a game changer for the childcare sector, according to Chana Edmond-Verley, CEO at Vibrant Futures. “Providers are expressing appreciation and thanks for the unprecedented investment in their work through the Child Care Stabilization Grant,” Edmond-Verley said. Family home providers, and center directors are certainly telling us these investments have been one of the keys to: staying in business, reopening doors, retaining talent, recapturing losses, and more importantly continuing to exercise the deep calling to do what they love—care for children.”
Child Care Stabilization Grant Information
So far, nearly 3,400 programs have applied, and funding is still available. Licensed childcare providers should visit Michigan.gov/childcare to review frequently asked questions and apply. Translated versions of the grant documents are available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Kinyarwanda, and Spanish.
Childcare professionals will be awarded bonuses directly from their employer and do not need to apply.
The application will close at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 26th.
Delivering for Families
These grants are part of a $1.4 billion investment to expand access to quality, affordable childcare and get Michigan families back to work. Childcare is often the largest expense in a family’s budget and one in three Michigan families are now eligible for free or low-cost childcare. Visit Michigan.gov/childcare for a complete list of reasons families may qualify for low or no cost childcare and qualifying income levels for larger families.
Families can apply for childcare support by visiting MiBridges.Michigan.gov.