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38,000+ child care professionals in Michigan getting COVID-19 bonuses

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Child care professionals in MI open to apply for $1,000 bonus

Child care professionals in Michigan received $1,000 bonuses.

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The checks are in the mail for Michigan child care professionals.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that more than 38,000 child care workers across the state received their bonuses from a $365 million fund. The money can from Michigan's share of federal COVID-19 relief.

Nearly 25,000 full-time child care professionals received $1,000 from the state while more than 13,200 part-time workers received $500 bonuses. In addition, 5,890 child care centers and in-home providers received grants.

"This funding helps keep our child care businesses open, makes child care more affordable for families, and delivers bonuses to child care professionals," Whitmer said. "All our kids deserve a great start. These grants are another investment in their future.”

Bonuses sent to child care professionals can be used for any purpose. Grants send to licensed child care centers, group homes and in-home providers must be spent on operation expenses related to COVID-19.

Saginaw Township child care workers grateful for $1,000 bonus from state

Child care centers received an average grant of over $100,000 while in-home providers received just over $10,000 on average and group homes received just over $20,000 on average.

“I’m honored to serve the children of Flint in two centers. Unfortunately, one of my sites has been temporarily closed due to the pandemic and staffing shortages,” said Teyana Sprinkle, owner and operator of the Honey Bee Palace Childcare Center in Flint. “This grant will help me reopen my program, recruit the qualified staff, and continue providing high quality early learning for children and families in my community.”

The state also is providing funding for child care programs to offer $1,000 sign on bonuses to fill vacant staff positions. A statewide virtual job fair is being planned in February to attract applicants.

A second round of grants to support child care centers will be released later this year. The application process was not open Thursday and will become available sometime in the late spring.

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