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Scholarship Offered to Working Families for Child Care

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Paying for daycare is one of the biggest financial hurdles for working families and it's often a huge stressor for those already having a tough time making ends meet. A new program is bringing hope to those families.

People like medical student Tiffany Burns, a mother of three and married to a man who is also a student.

"My husband and I sit down and have these difficult discussions, you know. It's expensive, you know. We should either have you stay at home or find another child care provider, you just think about how they love being here and how much they're learning and how much it is impacting their lives by being here in a positive way," said Burns.

Now, she has some financial relief. Her family was one of the first to receive money for child care through the brand new Early Start Scholarship.*

The scholarship program is all about giving parents access to quality daycare, like here at the Spartan Child Development Center in East Lansing, where parents can drop off their children, rest assured that they're getting the interaction they need.

"We know that the biggest amount of brain development for children is between zero and five and our emphasis is ensuring that children are healthy, they're thriving and they're ready for schools," said Lisa Brewer Walraven in the office of Great Start in the Michigan Dept. Of Education.

Money for the scholarships comes from private and corporate donations to the Women's Caring Program and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, along with funds from the Michigan Office of Great Start.

There are certain income requirements. To learn more and apply, visit Seen on 6

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