GISD announces expanded childcare access for essential workers

FLINT— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-16 last week, expanding childcare access during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

In anticipation of this order, the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) has been developing a system over the last week to help meet the childcare needs of members of our “essential workforce” amid the COVID-19 emergency.

GISD will serve as a coordinating agency to determine the need for care in our county among those identified in the Governor’s Executive Order. Members of this “essential workforce” are asked to go to bit.ly/GenCoChildcare to assist us in determining the current need for childcare in Genesee County.

Licensed childcare providers in Genesee County are asked to complete a short survey to provide information about your program’s ability to serve children of essential workforce employees at: bit.ly/ GenCoProviders.

If the need for childcare should exceed the capacity of our partners currently providing childcare in our community, GISD will work to meet the additional need as an emergency overflow childcare provider for children up to 12 years of age.

These services will be provided at reasonable and customary costs in buildings that housed preschool programming for children prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GISD is proud to partner with Child Care Network and other childcare centers across Genesee County to identify the existing need and to help ensure that childcare is available to our essential workforce. — G.G.