State’s $365 million grant program to support childcare businesses taking applicationssands of childcare professionals.   – Macomb Daily


The second round of the $365 million Child Care Stabilization Grant Program, which will distribute funding and a $1,000 retention bonus to keep childcare programs open, is underway.

“I remember how valuable any bit of childcare was when my girls were young. Today, I’m fighting to make sure every family has access to quality, affordable child care that meets their needs,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a news release Tuesday. “That starts with making sure our local childcare businesses can stay open and pay their staff a living wage. I’m proud that we are getting things done for young Michiganders, childcare professionals, and small businesses. With this investment, we will continue growing Michigan’s economy and making our communities stronger.”

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said being a father he knows how important childcare is for countless families across Michigan.

“That is why it is so important to thank and support the childcare professionals who step up for Michigan communities every day,” Gilchrist said. “These stabilization grants are investments that support families and will make our communities stronger. Governor Whitmer and I will continue to work hard to help Michiganders access affordable, high-quality childcare.”

The Child Care Stabilization Grants are available to Michigan’s approximately 8,000 licensed childcare programs. This funding was included in the governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which included investments in childcare.

In January, nearly 6,000 childcare providers received funding from the first round of Child Care Stabilization grants and 38,000 childcare professionals received bonuses.

These grants were given to childcare providers in every county. The Century Foundation estimates that to date grants from the Child Care Stabilization Fund and other childcare investments from ARPA saved 3,567 childcare programs and 135,795 slots in Michigan.

“I live in a rural area with only three licensed childcare programs. My children are older teens and I’ve thought about closing my daycare because financially I can make more money almost anywhere,” said Jennifer Lundquist, owner of a home-based childcare program in Nashville, Mich. “With prices rising on everything and so many job options. Receiving this grant allowed me to keep tuition low for families and save money to keep the daycare open, when families in our community have very few options.”

Breakdown of grants

The Child Care Stabilization Grant is a non-competitive grant that will be awarded to licensed centers, group homes, family homes, and tribal childcare providers to be used to support operational expenses. Nearly all applicants are also eligible to receive funding for $1,000 sign on bonuses to fill staff vacancies. There are a total of 5,890 grant awards.
Average awards include:

  • Family home program: $10,763
  • Group home program: $20,454
  • Childcare center: $108,685

Total bonuses awarded:

  • $1,000 to 24,947 full time staff members
  • $500 to 13,213 part time staff members

The Child Care Stabilization Grant application is now open but deadline for applications is May 26, 2022.

Licensed childcare providers are eligible and should visit to confirm eligibility, review frequently asked questions, and apply. This is a noncompetitive grant. All eligible applicants will receive funding. Childcare professionals will be awarded bonuses directly from their employer and do not need to apply.

The Child Care Stabilization Grant is part of a $1.4 billion investment to expand access to quality, affordable childcare for Michigan families.

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