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  • Advocacy | CPAOM

    Advocacy Press Releases LARGEST ONE-TIME INVESTMENT CHILDCARE IN STATE HISTORY Governor and Legislature agree to infuse $1.4B into childcare September 23. 2021 LANSING, MI - The Childcare Providers Association of Michigan (CPAOM) is elated with passage of the state budget and its inclusion of $1.4B for the childcare industry. The historic move ensures families, childcare provider businesses, and childcare workers have the critical resources necessary to care for our state’s most precious citizens. “The essential childcare businesses and workers remain one of the most critical components to our state’s economic recovery and getting Michiganders back to work without worrying how their children will be cared for,” stated Lindsey Potter, CPAOM Board Member and Owner of Bright Light Early Care and Education. CPAOM has tirelessly worked with lawmakers, Department Officials and the Governor’s office over the past five months to help direct the state’s priorities in childcare and is pleased to see its priorities included in the new budget deal. Key priorities included in the state budget are: $158 million for an ongoing 30% rate increase and $222 million for a temporary rate increase; $117.4 million to pay providers on enrollment vs. attendance; $100 million in business start-up grants; $36.5 million to expand the number of spaces for infants and toddlers; and $30 million to offer $1,000 bonuses for childcare professionals. “This giant win to childcare is a result of many voices working with their local elected officials,” shares Potter. “Imagine the impact we could have if we collected our voice, maintained our flexibility and independence, and continued to preach the value of quality systems, business practices, limited government oversight, and the service of childcare within the Early Care and Education system! We urge all providers to join us.” ​ ​ Our Goals To ensure private licensed providers have a voice at the table at every state policy discussion. To provide decision-makers and legislators insight into how policies affect daily operations. To communicate and provide guidance to members regarding legislative and administrative changes that will affect daily operations. To advocate affordable childcare for families. Learn About the Membership Our Values Fairness across all levels of providers CPAOM believes that all level of Daycare providers deserves the same representation in Lansing. Partnership Respectful relationships are very important and on which our organization operates. We believe that quality of care we provide is measured by the quality of relationships we have with children, families, employees, funders, and legislators. We are committed to ensuring these relationships are respectful; warm and caring; honest and open; fair and equitable. Fiscal Responsibility We are committed to financial prudence and sustainability – to making decisions that take into consideration the overall financial health of the organization in order to meet our goals and objectives. We conduct ourselves in a manner that is professional and according to all business practices that are legal and ethical. "Membership in CPAOM allows my single center to have a voice at the state level; I get to pour into my local region while still knowing I am a voice to be heard within our Great State of Michigan." - Lindsey Potter, Bright Light Early Care & Education Who We Serve We serve the over 12,000 licensed Childcare Providers in the State of Michigan. Become a Member Learn About the Membership Board of Directors Lindsey Potter Bright Light Early Care & Education Owner/Director Meet Lindsey Denise L. Smith, MA Hope Starts Here Detroit Early Childhood Partnership Implementation Director Meet Denise La Tonya A. Glover Bright Beginnings Child Care Meet La Tonya Rob Bernard Appletree/Gilden Woods Corporate Partner Meet Rob Interested in joining Childcare Providers Association of Michigan? Become a Member Contact Us (616) 274-0553

  • Annual Membership | CPAOM

    Membership Benefits Pricing You must become a paid member to receive full CPAOM benefits. Home-based, family $ 50 50$ Every year Pricing is based on the # of children you are licensed for Get Started 0 to 6 children. Home-based, group $ 65 65$ Every year Pricing is based on the # of children you are licensed for Get Started 7-12 children. Small center. $ 80 80$ Every year Pricing is based on the # of children you are licensed for Get Started 13 – 40 children. Large center. $ 100 100$ Every year Pricing is based on the # of children you are licensed for Get Started 41 to 120 children. Membership dues auto renew at anniversary date and you can cancel your membership anytime. For centers licensed for 121 or more children please contact or request a quote below. Request a quote

  • Meet Bonnie | CPAOM

    Bonnie Nawara Child Care Providers Association Executive Director See all Board Members Bonnie Nawara is a seasoned professional in both the profit and nonprofit areas. She was a business owner for over 20 years, successfully selling her business in 2003. In 2004 she joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) as Planned Giving Officer in the Fund Development area. During her 6-year tenure at ACS she was top fundraiser in MI, OH and IN and received many awards. In 2010 she joined Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) as CEO. This 30-year-old non-profit was founded to help disadvantaged women start and grow their businesses. During her time at GROW she diversified the organization to create new revenue streams, resulting in doubling the budget and staffing levels. She also led the organization to become one of the community’s top social enterprise small business lenders and the very first Community Development Financial Institute (CDFI) in the Grand Rapids Area. Bonnie retired from GROW in March of 2021. Bonnie has been the recipient of many awards, including the Most Influential in West Michigan for the years 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. She obtained the Diversity and Inclusion award from the Grand Rapids Chamber, Top Volunteer award from the Center for Economic Development and the visionary award from the Association of Women Business Centers to name a few. Bonnie currently serves on the board of Directors for Frederik Meijer Gardens and is a council member for the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan council providing policy recommendations to the SBA and the current administration.

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