March 20, 2020

ISDs and RESAs Assist Essential Workforce in Finding Child Care

Clinton County RESA, Eaton RESA and Ingham ISD early childhood experts will coordinate efforts in our region to assist with essential workforce child care needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Whitmer has reached out to intermediate school districts, regional educational service agencies and local districts across the state to expand the capacity for child care services which support members of the essential workforce during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

Those in the essential workforce provide critical infrastructure to Michiganders including health care workers, home health workers, direct care workers, emergency medical service providers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, child care workers, personnel providing correctional services, postal workers, public health employees, key government employees and court personnel. 

If you are identified as an essential worker as outlined in Executive Order 2020-16, you can find help in two ways:

  • Call the statewide assistance number 2-1-1 or go to www.helpmegrow-mi.org and submit your child care needs.
  • Once your information has been collected, a local representative will contact you within 24-48 hours to assist in finding an open child care facility with capacity to address your child care needs.

Child care locations and offerings may be different depending on the needs in each community. Open child care sites must follow protocols that will protect public health and follow regulatory guidelines put in place by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Public health protocols for these programs include, but are not limited to, small class sizes with the same participants and staff in each room, sick rooms/containment spaces for students or personnel that become sick, and intensified, deep cleaning every day to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Eaton Regional Education Service Agency serves families who reside in the school district boundaries of Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Maple Valley, Oneida and Potterville.

Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency serves families who reside in the school district boundaries of Bath, Dewitt, Fowler, Ovid-Elsie, Pewamo-Westphalia and St. Johns.

Ingham Intermediate School District serves families who reside in the school district boundaries of Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston.