Access to affordable, quality child care remains a barrier to talent attraction and retention across northern Michigan. That’s why the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance helped initiate a bipartisan effort to increase accessibility to child care in northern Michigan, including measures to increase capacity at facilities, networks for at-home providers, operation in multi-use facilities, and a 90-day grace period to comply with new health and safety rules.
The bills sailed through the House last fall but hit a snag in the Senate early this year. The NMCA successfully advocated for a re-referral of the bills to a favorable committee and received a hearing and a vote on May 26. The bills subsequently passed the full Senate and House and were signed by Gov. Whitmer on June 23.