LANSING — Following up on her promise to expand childcare opportunities for working families, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the expansion of the MI Tri-Share program to cover most of the state.
The program is a cost sharing program between employers, working parents and the State of Michigan. Childcare access has been the major focus of getting the economy moving as working parents battle the stresses of a pandemic while raising children and working.
“Helping working families get back into the workforce is crucial, and childcare is an important component of that for many in our state,” Governor Whitmer said. “That’s the only barrier that’s keeping them out of the workforce.”
The expansion took place in the following counties:
- Kalamazoo County served by Southwest Child Care Resources
- Kent County served by Vibrant Futures
- Shiawassee County served Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
- Washtenaw County served by Child Care Network
- All of the Upper Peninsula will be served by Marquette-Alger RESA
- Otsego, Crawford, Montmerency, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Oscoda Counties served by Otsego County Economic Alliance