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00000179-f232-de1b-a9f9-f2fa97a20003Investments in high-quality early childhood care, education, and support programs do more than help children – they also strengthen our workforce and economy. How are communities in West and Southwest Michigan approaching prevention and early intervention in these systems of care? How do the programs benefit children, families, care and education providers, businesses, and taxpayers? Where are the gaps, and how do we fill them? Come along as we take a closer look.

By Leaps & Bounds: Identifying Michigan’s Child Care Needs

Michigan League for Public Policy
Michigan League for Public Policy

Child care is essential to the economy, allowing parents to enter the workforce and providers to support both their businesses and families. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on child care, and underscored the importance for a greater investment in issues of access and affordability as part of state recovery efforts.

The Michigan League for Public Policy is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all using a racial equity lens. MLPP takes a comprehensive approach to addressing poverty by analyzing the impact of state and federal budgets and policies on residents with low incomes and works to empower and strengthen families with young children by advocating for economic opportunities for all. Here to discuss is Parker James, Kids County Policy Analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy. To learn more, visit www.mlpp.org

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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