Early Childhood Investment Corporation

COVID-19 Impact

A NAEYC survey reported in April 2020 that 60% of child care programs were completely closed in Michigan. Of providers who are still open, 81% were operating at less than 25% capacity.

Emergency Fund

Early Childhood Investment Corporation, with support from Home Grown and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, will provide grants of up to $2,000 to 43 providers in Washtenaw County. The grants will support licensed home-based child care providers who remain open and care for children of the essential workforce, so they can sustain their business during and following the state of emergency.

Timing is Everything: Enhancing Comprehensive Services in Family Child Care with Early Head Start Partnerships

During the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based child care (HBCC) has remained open, struggling to respond to increased child and family needs and new health, safety, and business challenges. Meeting the physical, mental, social, and economic needs of children, families, and providers has never been more pressing; new attention and funding are needed to ensure that home-based providers can fully participate in and support access to these critical services.

The Aunt Bees of America

During her convention speech last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren, sitting in a now closed child care center, spoke about the critical role informal, home-based child care played in her story. She spoke about her Aunt Bee, who stepped in to take care of Warren’s children when she was juggling a full-time teaching job in Texas.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association