The 2014 Summit on Race and Inclusion will bring together 10 nationally and internationally recognized experts to share the latest sector-specific research and best practices on advancing racial equity. (click here to learn more

Each April Michigan celebrates Month of the Young Child® (MOYC®). This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and rights of young children and their families.  Since 1971, one week in April has been celebrated nationally as Week of the young Child. In 1985, Michigan expanded the celebration to the entire month of April, with each week having a specific focus. Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) coordinates the campaign with support from local and state organizations, businesses and public agencies.

On March 19, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education met to release their budget recommendations for the 2015 fiscal year. For more information on what the Senate Subcommittee recommended, in regards to young children and where the budget is going next, please click here.

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start is launching two projects as a part of Great Start to Quality, Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system.  The first is developing QRIS design recommendations for school-age programs, and the second is aligning the orientation training for unlicensed subsidized providers (family, friend, and neighbor providers who receive subsidy) with the Child Care and Development Fund proposed rule changes.    

BATTLE CREEK – Four years ago, the students at Woodlawn Preschool were a fairly homogenous bunch. They came from similar middle-class homes, shared similar levels of opportunity and similar ethnic backgrounds.