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Michigan child care licensing requirements can be cumbersome and unnecessary

Opinion

By Megan O'Neill | Mar 2, 2020

Childcare

Child care licensing laws in Michigan and other states may prove to be a hindrance to employment for those looking to enter the profession. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has issued the current regulations on child care providers. There is a minimum requirement for education, mandating that directors of child care facilities must have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development, and staff must have at least an associate’s degree. Results proved that these requirements resulted in more expensive child care with results that were no better than before, according to Jarett Skorup of The Mackinac Center.

These requirements can put undue pressure on those who otherwise may be excellent care providers, and it also drastically raises the cost of child care for families.

Other options, such as small at-home day care centers, require care providers to get adequate credentials and certification. While private child care is an option-- such as babysitters, relatives or nannies-- those looking to enter child care as a profession are experiencing some major hurdles when entering the workforce.

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