Check out the new eligibility webinar posted on the Child Development and Care website!

The purpose of this webinar is to help guide those who want to know how to apply for Child Development and Care benefits through the process.

It is located on the Child Development and Care website in the Parent Section under Parent Resources (at the bottom of the page).  Below is a direct link.  Please share broadly, as this is a helpful resource for parents, child care providers and Community Partners!

Information to help you better understand the parent eligibility requirements and process for child care subsidy.

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Consumers Energy releases “Summer Safety Tips”

Click here for the full News Release.  For more Safety Information, visit the Consumers Energy Safety Page.

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Double Up Food Bucks featured in recent MDHHS Press Release

Click here for the full article.  To view all of the latest MDHHS news, click here.

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Next MBA/MI Bridges Training Webinar: July 21, 2017 @ 10 am

To see our full training schedule, visit our Events Page.  To learn more about the training content and how to register, visit our Training Page.

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Help Spread the Word about Meet Up and Eat Up—Michigan’s Summer Food Service Program!

Once school is out, call 2-1-1, text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877, or visit www.michigan.gov/meetupeatup to locate sites near you!

Operated by the Michigan Department of Education, Meet Up & Eat Up helps connect children in need with free, healthy meals during the summer months.  Click here for a full description of the program and here for promotional materials and ways to get involved.

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Opportunity to Promote Utility Assistance Options in Your Area

Consumers Energy recognizes that your organization may assist its customers receiving a variety of safety net programs. To complement this work, the company would like to begin dialogue on best approaches (such as the online MBA partner search tool) to guide customers to the MBA network for utility bill assistance, as well as future partnership opportunities. If your organization is interested in joining an exploratory conversation on these topics, a June summit has been scheduled for June 20th in Lansing, MI. Please reply with interest by COB Monday, 6/12, to join the conversation.

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Get Your ALICE Facts

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) reports on the number of people who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford the basics of food, housing, healthcare, childcare and transportation.  Go to the County Pages in Exhibit I of the ALICE Report to see how many people in your community live below the ALICE threshold.

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MI Bridges Is Available in Spanish!

Click Espanol in the upper right hand corner of the MI Bridges home page to check it out!

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CHECK IT OUT: Child Development and Care Program has Free Materials for Distribution!

The Michigan Office of Great Start, Child Development and Care (CDC) program office has launched a marketing and outreach campaign to raise awareness of the availability of funds for child care assistance to families who meet eligibility requirementsThey have a variety of print materials available!! As a partner committed to helping families, they are asking for your assistance in distributing these to local communities and families that might benefit.  These materials include:  Parent and Provider Brochures and Rack Cards to assist parents in applying for child care assistance.    Please help them get this important information to the families you come into contact with and direct them to the CDC website at: www.michigan.gov/childcare for even more information.

To receive these free promotional materials, contact the Child Development and Care program office at 517.241.9492 or email Trina Coolman.  For a preview, we have some of these resources on our Toolkit page (under MI Bridges Assistance Handouts).

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Michigan Agency for Energy: Home heating credits now being processed

Please click here to read the Feb. 1st News Release from the Michigan Agency for Energy. For more information about the Home Heating Credit to share with your clients, click here for a flyer.

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