Two hundred low-income infants and toddlers in Michigan can qualify for a new scholarship program to offset the cost of child care.
The "Early Start" scholarship program is being announced Thursday in East Lansing. A family of four must make between $28,400 and $41,000 a year to qualify.
A family can receive 40 percent of the annual cost of child care and early education for one child, up to a maximum $2,880 a year. The program is for children 2 and younger.
Supporters say the $700,000 in scholarships will help foster children's success in life to break the cycle of poverty.
The publicly owned nonprofit Early Childhood Investment Corp. is funding the scholarships, while the Women's Caring Program charity will administer the program.