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Sandbox Party Bulletin: April 21

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In Capitol Corner, Matt Gillard reports on the two ominbus bills that passed the House Appropriations committee last week and a growing debate over policies dictating the expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program. Read about it in today's bulletin.

Rally Brings People Together for Kids

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
First Lady Sue Snyder told a gathering of child advocates on Tuesday that there is nothing more important than protecting the lives and innocence of Michigan's children.

Rally Comes to Lansing on Tuesday

Friday, April 18, 2014
On Tuesday hundreds dressed in blue will march down Michigan Avenue near the Capitol building in Lansing with a common mission: To show support for prevention programs that counter abuse and neglect of children in Michigan.

Family Found Hope with GSRP

Saturday, April 12, 2014
When Amanda Hughes learned her youngest child, Tyler, 4, landed a spot in a Great Start Readiness program, the state-run preschool for 4-year-olds, she was thrilled for the opportunities awaiting her child.

Sandbox Party Bulletin 4.7.2014

Monday, April 7, 2014
The state Legislature is in recess and lawmakers are in their home districts. It's a good time to reach out and urge them to support budget priorities for early childhood, including the Great Start Readiness Program, home visiting and more, writes Capitol Corner's Matt Gillard.

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Opens

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Enrollment begins today for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program, the Healthy Michigan Plan. State officials say they're ready to handle a "large number of people" applying for the health insurance program that's available to some 477,000 low-income Michiganders.

It's a Win for Home Visiting Program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Great news! The U.S. Senate this week passed legislation that included a six-month funding extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, following the same action by the U.S. House of Representatives the previous week.

House Panel OKs Expanding HKD

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The House Appropriations Community Health Subcommittee today adopted a 2014-2015 budget bill to fund the Department of Community Health that would extend dental care for Medicaid-eligible children in Kalamazoo and Macomb counties.

Sandbox Party Bulletin, March 24, '14

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Michigan Sandbox Party bulletin for the week of March 24 includes a summary of early childhood issues before the state Legislature. Read about it in Matt Gillard's Capitol Corner blog.

House Panel OKs $65M for GSRP

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Snyder administration's plan to boost spending for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) so far appears to be having a smooth ride through the state Legislature.