Child Care for Essential Workforce

On March 18, 2020 Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order (2020-16) expanding capacity for disaster relief child care services. The intention of this order is to expand child care capacity for the essential workforce.

As outlined the essential workforce includes:

health care workers, home health workers, direct care workers, emergency medical service providers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, child care workers (including any employees acting as child care workers in essential workforce child care centers), personnel providing correctional services, postal workers, public health employees, key government employees, court personnel, and others providing critical infrastructure to Michiganders.

Key Government Employees includes:

child protective services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers including those from contracted agencies, recipient rights workers, employees of the Executive Office of the governor, cabinet officers and their designees, Department of Health and Human Services field office staff, Unemployment Insurance Agency employees, and other employees identified by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Critical Infrastructure employees includes:

utilities, manufacturing, mass transit, and groceries or other essential supplies, goods, or equipment

If you believe you fit one of the categories and are in need of finding child care we can help! You can contact us by:

  1. Filling out the Child Care Interest Form below
  2. Call or text Help Me Grow—Ottawa at 1-844-233-2244
  3. Email Help Me Grow—Ottawa at