Timothy J. Bartik
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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Marissa Zamudio
Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Diversity Specialist 

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Investing in young children is investing in Michigan

As we get close to November 2, we need to think about the impact our vote will have on young children and the future of our state. As a voter, it is necessary to be informed of issues affecting our state. One of those issues is the importance of investing in young children.

There are a number of sources that you can access to enlighten yourself on early childhood issues and understand the connections between the wellbeing of young children and the economy of this state.
In addition to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation website, www.ecicforkids.org , you may also want to learn and understand about :

• How changes in General Fund spending and Michigan’s tax structure have contributed to the current state of affairs. Go to http://www.milhs.org/our-work/presentations and scroll down to ‘Presentations’.

• Early childhood issues and getting involved along with some talking points. Go to http://www.michiganschildren.org and click on the ‘Issues’ tab and the ‘Get Involved’ tab.

You may also be interested in viewing a 16 minute video by Dr. Jack Shonkoff. He chaired a committee for the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council that produced a report entitled From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Dr. Shonkoff shares with the audience what science tells us about the importance of investing in young children. Copy the address below or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxMVG2kkRK8&feature=player_profilepage.

Cast your vote for those who will champion early childhood issues.