Marquette County Board approves additional child care funding

The Marquette County Board met Tuesday.
The Marquette County Board met Tuesday.(Stephen DeLadurantaye)
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 7:55 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette County Board held a meeting Tuesday and approved more spending on child care.

When Marquette County received nearly $13 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, some families were disappointed to find out that only $100,000 went to child care. Some activists have been speaking at board meetings and marching for increased child care funding for six months. The board approved an additional $100,000 to fund child care in Marquette County, for a total of $200,000.

Parents say the additional funds are a win.

“We’re happy that the commissioners listened and did expand their ARPA allocation for child care,” said Shilpa Jhobalia, Great Start Parent Coalition parent liaison, “because it’s a huge problem in our community and this will make a difference in many families lives.”

The additional $100,000 is allocated for some child care providers in Marquette County who have submitted proposals to expand child care.