Child care is a barrier to restarting Michigan’s economy

A new report suggests that restarting Michigan’s economy will face a serious hurdle – a lack of child care services.

the National Association for the Education of Young Children estimates that 41% of Michigan’s licensed child care spaces will be lost because many providers don’t have the money or the staff to reopen.

Simon Workman is the director of early childhood policy at Center for American Progress.

He says many daycare operators were barely breaking even before the pandemic.

“The idea of ​​doing it with even less revenue after that… too many vendors will have to shut down because they just can’t afford to do it,” Workman said.

Workman says that in the future there will be about one day care space for four needy children in Michigan.

He says that to meet child care needs, the federal government needs to invest in the long term in child care workers and infrastructure.

Congress has provided $ 3.5 billion in emergency funding to child care block grant programs in the CARES Law.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed spending $ 50 billion to bail out the child care industry.

“We only have two options as a country: we can either do what is necessary to stabilize the child care system, or we can watch child care providers crumble, one by one in our communities. communities, leaving families with fewer options and crippling our economic recovery, ”Warren wrote in an op-ed earlier this month.