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Tri-Share makes quality child care more affordable for working parents


Recently, the front page headline of USA Today's Money section turned curious minds towards Michigan: Working families struggle to afford child care. Could Michigan’s ‘Tri-Share’ model work? 

Local proponents say yes. Initially Introduced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in March 2021 as a tri-regional pilot program, MI Tri-Share is a first-of-its-kind cost-sharing funding model. The state, the employee, and their employer each chip in for one-third of the price of child care. Child care costs are reduced by 66%.


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