$700,000 for baby scholarships

Mar 27, 2013

Tiffany Burns' daughter Yalana will be one of the first recipients of the new Early Start scholarship program.
Tiffany Burns' daughter Yalana will be one of the first recipients of the new Early Start scholarship program.
Credit Dustin Dwyer

We think of scholarships as a way to help more students go to college. But there’s a new scholarship program in Michigan that has nothing to do with college. It offers scholarships to babies.

If you have a baby and you want to have a job, or you need to have a job, you have to find childcare. And childcare costs money—thousands of dollars a year.

If your income is below the federal government’s poverty line—about $24,000 a year for a family of four—the federal government will help you pay for childcare. But if you’re at, say, $28,000 a year, you’re ineligible.

Last week, Judy Samuelson, head of the state's Early Childhood Investment Corporation , announced a new program that would help families who just miss out on getting childcare assistance. It’s called Early Start, and it will be administered through a public charity called the Women’s Caring Program (WCP).

The state is contributing $700,000 to the program.

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