Executive Order 2020-16 calls upon Michigan’s ISDs to coordinate community efforts to support child care needs for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Berrien RESA, Lewis Cass ISD and Van Buren ISD are answering the call and have developed a plan in collaboration with Southwest Child Care Resources and United Way of Southwest Michigan, and in special partnership with the YMCA of Michiana.
The plan asks essential workers (as defined in Executive Order 2020-16) find help by calling the statewide assistance number 2-1-1 or by visiting www.help me grow-mi.org/essential. Once a worker’s information has been collected, a local representative will contact the essential worker within 24-48 hours to assist in finding an open child care facility with capacity to address child care needs.
Local districts are encouraged to post information on their websites using the attached social media badge and linking the badge to https://www.helpmegrow-mi.org/essential.