Governor Whitmer 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:

  1. Call the statewide assistance number 2-1-1 or go to and submit your child care needs.
  2. 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 the 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 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.