State stands to let $20M in child care funding slip away

Community organizations across the state and policy groups have advocated for better investments in our child care system for decades. Recently, the sad state of childcare in Michigan has been discussed at national levels with the prospect of Michigan’s decision to leave $20.5 million in federal dollars on the table called counterproductive by Helen Blank, director of child care and early learning, for the National Women’s Law Center. “Frankly, it’s stunning. No other state has left such a large sum behind. It’s unconscionable that families who could receive child care help won’t because Michigan’s leaders haven’t figured out how to prioritize it.”