Researchers estimate that, without additional public support, 40% of Michigan’s child care providers will permanently close their doors because of the pandemic1. On Tuesday evening, September 22, 2020, over 250 of Michigan’s child care providers came together for a Virtual Townhall to share what they are experiencing, what they need to survive and what actions elected officials and government administrators can take now to help stabilize the essential child care sector.
Who participated in the Townhall?
To find out what Michigan child care providers are saying about their needs, challenges and priorities for the future, click the buttons below:
Thanks to the Virtual Townhall Co-Hosts: the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Hope Starts Here and the Grand Rapids Chamber. Listening to all the feedback and ideas provided during the Virtual Townhall were leaders from the Office of the Governor, Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start, Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and invited State Legislators.
Most importantly, thank you to all Michigan Child Care Providers and Early Educators – you are essential and your voice matters. We are so grateful that so many child care experts shared their powerful stories and gave their time at the end of a long day to help shape stronger policy and funding decisions for early childhood. Thank you.