In The News

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.

Senate Panel Clears RTTT Grant

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Last week's dust-up over whether Michigan should accept a sizeable federal Race to the Top grant for early childhood subsided on Wednesday when the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved a mid-year supplemental budget with the $51.7 million grant in it.

Update: U.S. Child Care Bill

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Senate voted last week to approve (96-2) a re-authorization bill for the federal child care program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). If the bill passes the House and is signed into law by the president, it will be the first time the law has received a facelift since 1996 -- nearly two decades.