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.

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Stabilizing the Economic Well-Being of Family, Friend Neighbor Providers

FFN care is one of the most used forms of child care for young children and reliance on this care increased during the pandemic. Greater attention to, inclusion of, and support for FFN caregivers is an urgent priority. 
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New Report Provides Data, Illuminates Opportunities and Challenges for Home-based Pre-K Providers

A recently released report from Home Grown and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) provides critical state and city data on the current integration of Family Child Care (FCC) providers in publicly-funded pre-K. Titled Including Family Child Care in State and City-Funded Pre-K Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, it also examines perceived opportunities and challenges with FCC participation in pre-K. Home Grown believes that Family Child Care providers contribute a vital service, often in under-served communities, and are deserving of the opportunity to access public pre-K funding to further nurture and teach the children in their care.
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Building Child Care Infrastructure through Comprehensive Networks