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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mothering Justice applauds expanded child care options

Jun 20, 2022

MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs bipartisan child care bills

DETROIT — As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan package of bills expanding child care options for Michiganders, Mothering Justice released the following statement.

“When Michigan families live in a child care desert, their neighbors, friends and other family members create an informal network of caregiving,” said Eboni Taylor, Michigan Executive Director, Mothering Justice. “These bills will create additional supports for in-home providers, like curriculum materials, making it easier to care for these young kids. We applaud the governor and lawmakers for starting to address the child care crisis in Michigan by expanding access.”

Other parts of the bills (House Bill 5041-5048) will lower the age someone can work in child care from 18 to 16 and allow licensed child care providers to have a teacher-to-child ratio of 1-7 instead of 1-6.

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