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Michigan Education Department puts $4 million federal grant to use


The Michigan Department of Education is spending new federal grant money on the early childhood care workforce and programming.

Michigan is receiving 4 million dollars from the federal “Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five” program.

Michigan project manager Joy Milano said the grant aims to address inequities within the early childhood care system.

“It’s really focused on ensuring that the children who often have the most challenges getting access to programs and services can get the access that they need and can make informed decisions about accessing early childhood programs and services," said Milano.

Some of Michigan’s grant money will go toward a workforce study to find current gaps in service.

The state also hopes to research a competitive wage scale for childcare workers.

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