The MI Untapped Potential report says nearly half of Michigan parents surveyed could leave their jobs in the next year because of unaffordable child care.
A new report is sounding the alarm on Michigan’s child care crisis and its impact on the state’s economy.
Chana Edmond-Verley, the CEO of Vibrant Futures in Grand Rapids, said she hears stories of families facing challenges with child care often.
The ‘MI Untapped Potential’ report is meant to detail how childcare issues impact the state’s workforce productivity and economy.
Funding remains a problem for child care facilities and for Michigan families despite an infusion of funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Accessible and affordable childcare is key to unlocking Michigan’s economic potential and recouping nearly $3B in lost activity while better meeting the needs of working parents and job providers, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), in partnership with the Grand Rapids Chamber, Michigan Chamber and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). The report – Untapped Potential in Michigan – was designed to quantify the economic impact of childcare breakdowns and help the business community and policymakers better understand the issue and potential solutions.
The Michigan Chamber released its reactions to several issues outlined in Gov. Whitmer’s Aug. 30 “What’s Next Address,” including restrictive paid leave and energy mandates.