GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spent part of the day Monday visiting a childhood early learning center in Grand Rapids.

The “Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative” is a partnership of a number of area nonprofits and Grand Rapids Community College.

The collaborative provides services in “under-resourced communities” and allows the group to provide early learning services that would not otherwise be available in the area, according to a release.

The governor has long been a proponent of more access to early learning opportunities. After she toured the facility, she talked about the importance of such a resource.

“I come to everything from the perspective of my own experience as a working mom to see that we are really, the investments that we are making in this state are growing our ability to support working families. And to most importantly ensure little kids in Michigan have got robust educational offerings that are safe,” Whitmer said.

The governor also sat down with Political Reporter Rick Albin while she was in town to talk about the tragic shooting at Oxford High School last week and the latest COVID-19 surge. Watch her talk about those topics in the players above.