In The News
Hearing Focuses on GSRP Expansion
Friday, March 7, 2014
In her testimony before lawmakers this week, Lindy Buch painted a compelling image for the need to expand the state's preschool program for all 4-year-olds who are eligible but unable to attend because of underfunding in the state-run Great Start Readiness program.
Obama's Budget for Young Children
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The National Women's Law Center has created an outline of key early learning proposals in the President's FY 2015 budget plan, which was released on Tuesday. The report breaks down increases for preschool for 4-year-olds, Head Start, grants for preschool development and child care, home visiting, child tax credits and more.
Obama Budget Released Today
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Education would be a bright spot in a relatively austere budget year, if the Obama administration gets its way. Read this report from Education Week which outlines the President's budget including another pitch for $75 billion over 10 years to work with states to expand pre-k to more 4-year-olds.
Sandbox Party bulletin, March 3, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Read this week's Capitol Corner by Matt Gillard and the Michigan Sandbox Party bulletin, with updates on budget and policy decisions before Lansing lawmakers and Washington. Get the latest along with links to resources that help explain early childhood issues important to you.
Waiting for Preschool
Friday, February 28, 2014
Detroiter Mariama Demps was looking for a first-time preschool experience for her daughter while she returned to work, when she came across a new Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) starting up inside a charter elementary school near Warren in November.
What's in the Child Care Act?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Did you know that fewer than 1 in 3 children today have a full-time, stay-at-home parent? While the need for high-quality care is great, there are challenges meeting it, including high prices and access issues. Blogger Susanna Birdsong from the National Women's Law Center explores the issue as Congress considers the new Child Care Act.
Advocates Testify for Early Childhood
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Early childhood advocates from across the state gathered at the Capitol this morning to testify in support of Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to expand the Great Start Readiness Program by $65 million in 2015.
Business Group Backs Early Ed
Saturday, February 22, 2014
With legislation to improve and expand access to quality preschool now in deliberation by Congress, the Committee for Economic Development, a nonpartisan, economic development policy think tank, has released a statement outlining recommendations that lawmakers should take into consideration going forward.
Sandbox Party Bulletin: Feb. 17
Monday, February 17, 2014
Read this week's Michigan Sandbox Party Bulletin. There's news from Capitol Corner with Matt Gillard about the developing state budget story and its impact on Early Childhood supports. Also, there's a link to illustrious economist James Heckman's address to scientists in Chicago over the weekend about the need for investing in young children. And so much more.
Working Moms Making Low Wages
Friday, February 14, 2014
Nationwide, there are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers, including 132,000 in Michigan, according to the new report, "Low Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future."
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