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Child Care Licensing Town Hall
Please join us on Saturday, Sept 25 for a Child Care Licensing Town Hall. This event is for current in-home child care providers who are seeking to increase their licensing from family to group. Experts will explain the process, how to determine next steps for your business, and answer questions from the audience.
Our speakers for this event are Emily Laidlaw, Child Care Bureau with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Isabel Blair, Owner of Mi Casa es su Casa Bilingual Family Child Care, and Alexa Kramer, Director of Government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber.
Saturday, September 25
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Members & Non-Members: $0
Meet the Speakers
Director of Child Care Licensing, State of Michigan
Emily Laidlaw is the director of Child Care Licensing for the State of Michigan. She has extensive experience in both public policy and education. She has served as the policy director for Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, and as a Policy Analyst and Research Director for the Michigan House of Representatives. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Policy and Administration from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University.
Owner, Mi Casa es su Casa Bilingual Family Child Care
Isabel Blair is an expert in early childhood education and child care. Since 2007 she has owned and operated Mi Casa es su Casa Bilingual Family Child Care in Byron Center. She also teaches child development courses and work as an early childhood consultant. Isabel has an Associates degree in Childhood Development from Grand Rapids Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Xalapa, Veracruz Anthropology University.
Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber
Alexa Kramer has extensive experience working with governments and public policy. She is the Director of Government Affairs at the Grand Rapids Chamber, where she works to create policy that helps West Michigan prosper. Alexa’s areas of expertise include education and workforce development, and tax and regulator affairs. The Grand Rapids Business Journal has added Alexa to their “40 under 40” list for her work. Alexa studied at Michigan State University and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and an undergraduate degree in Political Science.