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Across Michigan, families rely on child care providers to offer high-quality early learning and care for their children while they work and go to school. A new report shows that in many communities across the state, licensed care is becoming more difficult to find.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) commissioned Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to conduct a study to better understand how the child care market has changed over time – and whether a decline in licensed providers was related to a decline in the number of children in a community.
The report of statewide findings shows that since 2010, the number of child care slots in Michigan has decreased 2.5 percent, while the number of children from birth through age nine in Michigan has decreased by 5.5 percent. These statewide figures, however, mask significant variation by county.