Michigan opens applications for $350M childcare grant program; Workers to get $1K bonuses
Michigan has opened applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant, which aims to distribute $350 million in grants to give every full-time childcare professional a $1,000 bonus and keep childcare programs open and serving kids.
Canton Township womans child care license reinstated after suspension by LARA
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Canton womans child care family home license that was suspended by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in July has been reinstated. LARA initially suspended Sheila Robbins license, effective July 31. An original notice posted by LARA cited a drug screening as the reason for the initial summary suspension. However, an administrative law judge granted LARAs motion to lift the summary suspension on Aug. 28. LARA also withdrew its notice of intent to revoke.
Ann Arbor YMCA launches free swim program for girls, collaborates to offer child development certificate
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor YMCA has announced two programs intended to serve the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community. The second is a collaborative effort to create a child development certificate program that aims to help Washtenaw Community College students gain experience in the field of child development. Child Development Certificate Pipeline ProgramThe Y also announced that the Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center is partnering with Engage@EMU and the Washtenaw Community College Early Childhood Program to offer a child development certificate. The CDC Pipeline Program will give WCC students an opportunity to have an in-person practicum at the Collaborative: YMCA Child Development Center after four semesters of online study. Once students complete the program, they can work at a child development center or use program credits to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Frontline Heroes: How childcare workers operate amid pandemic
A child is standing with a teacher just inside the main door, waiting to be picked up by a parent. Moments later, the boys father arrives at the door, stands outside and the teacher opens the door and hands him to his father. The kids who still attend are with teachers in classrooms and, from the sounds of it, most are having fun. On many occasions, one small thing would not be quite right and make the whole routine spiral out of control. As for the kids, theyre tough.
Experts worried about parents who arent taking children to doctors appointments
DETROIT Many parents have avoided taking their children to the doctor during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but pediatricians are concerned about the ripple affect of missing those appointments. I think, I believe the date was March 17, declined by nearly 60% nearly overnight, and what were hearing from our patients parents is theyre afraid to come in, Schafer said. They dont know what to expect.The majority of children arent going to the doctor right now because of those concerns. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates children are missing between 70%-80% of their scheduled pediatric appointments. Please do not delay wellness visits out of fear and concern for COVID-19, Schafer said.