Upjohn Institute receives grant to help businesses offer employees high-quality child care

Chilren interact in a child-care facility

The Upjohn Institute is proud to announce that Pulse (formally known as BC Pulse) has received a grant for $75,000 from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation with the goal of increasing access to affordable, quality child care through engagement with business leaders from the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region. The Pulse team will develop a digital toolkit to support employers in understanding how they can take action on this issue to produce better outcomes for their employees, their businesses, and their communities. In addition, Pulse will host employer workshops in the fall. 

"This funding will have a significant impact on our ability to partner with local business leaders to create high-quality childcare options for our community that also help us lift up the local economy," said Kathy Szenda Wilson, Pulse founder and co-executive director. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this work with the support of The Early Childhood Investment Corporation." 

Pulse at the W.E. Upjohn Institute was launched in 2012 to support systems change. Their mission is to use a child-centered and process-driven approach to improve early childhood development in Michigan with a focus on equitable access to quality early childhood experiences, creating and improving learning environments, and promoting the healthy development of children.

Date: July 25, 2022