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Childcare for Essential Workers

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) is working in cooperation with state and local partners to support the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer on March 18, 2020. TBAISD and Northwest Regional Resource Center (Child Care Network), and Early Childhood Support Network (ECSN) are working to ensure the following two priorities are addressed immediately.

  1. To ensure that local licensed child care providers respond to this survey from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in order for us to monitor the existing capacity of local providers who are able to provide emergency childcare for essential workers. This is the same survey sent via email by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.
    Thank you if you have already completed the survey.
  2. To connect local essential workers to childcare providers who have the capacity to provide care for their children. Please direct members of the essential workforce to this form or to call 2-1-1 and their information will be routed to someone in our community who will help them find care.

Essential workers,” as outlined by the executive order, are defined as: Health care workers, home health workers, direct care workers, emergency medical service providers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, childcare workers, correctional workers, postal workers, public health employees, key government employees such as child protective services and foster care workers, court personnel, and others providing key infrastructure to the community such as utilities, mass transit, manufacturing, and groceries. 

TBAISD is working with local school districts including Benzie County Central Schools, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Kingsley Area Schools, Mancelona Public Schools, Traverse City Area Public Schools as well as community partners including, the Great Start Collaborative, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, and Northwestern Michigan College on contingency plans to open emergency child care centers in existing licensed facilities. At this time, facilities will only be activated if the pressure on the existing local child care capacity is exceeded. Our first priority is to support existing providers who have the capacity to provide care for the essential workforce.

Please share this information with your licensed child care colleagues and partners and with all members of the essential workforce who may need child care as they support our community during this emergency.

Source: TBAISD