LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Saying a critical lack of child care for working families is a major obstacle for working parents, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a bipartisan group of legislators on Tuesday announced a plan to help expand those services.

The Democratic governor and members of the Republican-led Legislature say it’s one of the issues they hear about from their constituents on a regular basis.

A series of eight bills have been introduced that would cut red tape for providers and make a centralized point of contact for child care workers to interact with the state.

The bills would make it easier for new child care providers to open and remain safe for children to attend, according to state Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores.

“Quality child care engages the parent, the provider the employer and the community. And when all these groups have skin in the game, there is accountability, which will improve outcomes for our children,” VanWoerkom said.

The bills will now be considered in committee.

At the same time, the governor’s calls for $1.4 billion to bolster child care in the state announced Monday will be dealt with as negotiations on the budget continue.

Watch the full news conference below: