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New program aims to foster expansion of Michigan’s childcare capacity

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The ‘Our Strong Start’ program works by connecting potential entrepreneurs with advisors who can help them with issues like licensing or finding a space.

The State of Michigan is starting a new effort to guide people through the process of setting up a child care business.

The ‘Our Strong Start’ program works by connecting potential entrepreneurs with advisors who can help them with issues like licensing or finding a space.

Jared Rodriguez is executive director of the “Childcare Providers Association of Michigan.”

He says the number of childcare locations in the state has dwindled in recent years, while replacing them has its challenges.

So, a one stop shop for new entrepreneurs and small business childcare centers to open or in home small businesses to open quicker, faster in high demand areas or rural areas, is going to be an extremely positive thing for Michigan.

The state is describing ‘Our Strong Start’ as part of a nearly 1-and-a-half billion-dollar investment into child care.