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    In June, Ismael Ahmed, Michigan's head of Department of Human Services, requested the regular grant from the Federal government to help aid Child Care Development. Michigan's current budget crisis has many people worried, however. It is under debate how much funding the state government will have to match this federal grant.

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    The Block Grant helps states in the effort to provide child care services in low income area, help children in need of protective services, and provide help children and families with school and job training. This grant makes money available through certificates grants and contracts for people who qualify. It can be used publically, privately, for religious or non- religious centers; allowing aid to millions state residents. A stipulation of this grant if that the State is required a matching rate. The matching rate is based on the state's current Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) matching rate.

    If the Michigan budget cuts money in child development and social services areas the amount of federal money coming into Michigan as well. This would create a large loss of funds and would affect millions of Michigan families. In Michigan, during the month of August, more than three million families in Michigan received food or health assistance. A cut in funds will only reduce the amount of families who can get this help because not only does this cut money for program it also cuts the jobs of the caseworkers, employers and organizations that help them. Luke Shaefer recently wrote in the Detroit News: "If we reduce these critical services to Michigan families now, we will be paying for years to come." While their fate is being decided, Michigan families can only wait in anticipation for the final State budget to get passes.

    Sources:

    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-MichiganChildDevelopmentAndCareFundCCDFStatePlan2010-11_284706_7.pdf

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20091001/OPINION01/910010385/1008/opinion01/Michigan-can-t-afford-social-services-cuts

    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/childcare.html

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