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lenconnect.com, October 5
Excerpt: Parents and children participated in a mask-making activity Monday during the Lenawee Great Start Parent Coalition in a classroom at St. Joseph's Academy in Adrian.
Detroit Free Press, October 2
Excerpt: As the vice president and provost of a state university in Michigan, my higher education colleagues and I know first-hand the tremendous potential that our graduates have to positively impact the Michigan economy. However, we also know that American businesses often struggle to find entry-level employees with the skills needed to enable their employer to compete successfully in a global economy.
Michigan League for Human Services, September 30
Excerpt: The fiscal year 2011 budget finalized by the Michigan Legislature avoids more cuts to doctors and other providers serving Medicaid patients, restores dental and podiatric services to adults on Medicaid, adds new child welfare workers and restores per-pupil cuts to students, all laudable achievements.
Livingston Daily, September 30
Excerpt: Whenever things are complicated or confusing, it's always much easier to believe there is some "silver bullet" that will miraculously cure everything. Our political system regularly falls prey to this kind of magical thinking.
The Center for Michigan, September 30
Excerpt: Jawun Nelson doesn't credit two years in Head Start for all his success today. But he knows it was a factor. "It provided me with a comfort level that made my transition to kindergarten and elementary school relatively east," said Nelson, 37, who is assistant chief financial officer with the Flint Community Schools.
Monroe News, September 29
Excerpt: When Melissa Atkinson of Petersburg walks through a department store, she can't help but worry if someone is going to try to snatch one of her four young children. "It's always on my mind," she said. And Chrissanne Kinel of Monrow probably will legally carry her 9mm once she gets a holster. In the meantime, she rearranged her daughter's bed in their house to make sure it's not in the line of fire in case she has to fire off a few rounds at an intruder.
Traverse City Record-Eagle, September 21
Excerpt: Kindergarten is a monumentally important year in regard to the child's attitude about school and learning. As to all-day kindergarten, it's not so much the amount of time the child spends at school; it's about the quality of that time.
lenconnect.com, September 19
Excerpt: In a classroom on the ground floor of Adrian's St. Joseph Academy, a dozen or so parents - mostly moms, but a couple of dads as well - and their young children sit at tables with a colorful array of vegetables, cheese and tortillas on plates in front of them. "How many of us love to eat?" asks Awilda Dominguez, from the MSU Extension's Family Nutrition Program. Almost everyone raises their hands.
HOMETOWNlife.com, September 19
Excerpt: State education officials, lawmakers, school superintendents, principals and teachers all look for ways to improve K-12 performance. Joe Larkin believes preschool education should be made permanent and that students should be required to finish the 12th grade.
Mlive.com, September 16
Excerpt: It's no secret that Michigan's education statistics are lagging many other states'. But instead of asking "What can we do?" Michigan needs to focus on "What must we do?" Shirley Robinson Pippins, senior vice president for the American Council on Education, told attendees at the West Michigan Policy Forum Thursday afternoon.
River Country Journal, September 15
Excerpt: Business/Education Collaboration was at the heart of a half-day event Tuesday at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District (SJCISD) headquarters near Centreville.
Mlive.com, September 13
Excerpt: A group of county and state officials toured several local school locations this morning to explore how public funds and grants are used in early education and family support programs.
WJRT ABC News 12, September 13
Excerpt: It was back-to-school day for some Mid-Michgan policymakers and legislators Monday.
Mlive.com, September 10
Excerpt: A broken model for school funding, problems with Medicaid and teen pregnancy were among the concerns raised with a panel of local legislators Friday morning.
Crain's Detroit Business, September 5
Excerpt: There are 625,000 reasons why we all should support investing in early childhood development programs: the children in Michigan who are helped by these vital programs.
Mlive.com, September 5
Excerpt: The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative will host a legislative candidate forum Sept. 20 for state House and Senate hopefuls.
Crawford County Avalanche, September 1
Excerpt: Adults and children alike scooped shovels of dirt at Kirtland Community College last week at a site where the Warbler's Nest Children's Learning Center will be located.
Candgnews.com, September 2010
Excerpt: With local families reeling from unemployment and wage cutes, spending more than $100 a month on diapers is becoming a luxury many cannot afford.
NBC25 Newsroom, August 31
Excerpt: Genesee Great Start Parent Coalition is hosting its third Free Baby Shower for new parents, expectant parents and parents with children birth to age 5 on Sept. 25 at Courtland Center in Burton.
The Detroit News, August 30
Excerpt: With less than a month to go, thousands of home day care providers across Michigan have yet to meet state-ordered training requirements.
The-Daily-Record.com, August 29
Excerpt: Growing up, the start of the new school year was always an exciting time. There were new classrooms and new teachers, even some new friends. School was a stimulating opportunity to learn and to have fun.
BattleCreekEnquirer.com, August 23
Excerpt: Cassi Rivera peeked out the window in her family's front door, expecting a visitor. When she saw Heather Husiak walking up the driveway toward her home, the 4-year-old opened the door and stepped outside on the porch to hug Husiak.
Traverse City Record-Eagle.com, August 6
Excerpt: It's not a great time to be a kid in Michigan. The annual national Kids Count report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation bears grim testament to that fact. Michigan fell to 30th among the 50 states in child well-being, our lowest ranking in more than a decade. Last year, we were 27th.
HOMETOWNlife.com, August 5
Excerpt: Huron Valley Recreation announces its plan to offer care for infants starting at 6 weeks old, beginning Aug. 23. In addition, child care continues to be offered year round for toddlers and 3- and 4-yearold students.
Detroit Free Press, August 5
Excerpt: No one seems to know what to do about public education in Detroit. The question is a simple one: "What does it take to successfully educate the children of Detroit?"
Huron Daily Tribune, August 5
Excerpt: Though it may not shock working parents, others may be surprised to hear findings from a report issued Monday show child care costs continue to rise despite the economic downtown, and day care expenses for many families exceed food costs and other household expenses.
Detroit Free Press, August 4
Excerpt: When people talk about the recession and the tough job market, it's usually the plight of unemployed adults that springs to mind.
Huron Daily Tribune, August 3
Excerpt: Michigan’s shaky economic status led to a lower nationwide ranking in the 2010 Kids Count report, which provides an overall rank based on 10 measures of child well-being and recently was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Mlive.com, August 3
Excerpt: Eight-year-old Ella Lubberts put her finger out to give a tentative touch to a 12-inch garter snake, then quickly withdrew her hand. “I thought it would be slimy, but it wasn’t. I liked touching the turtle better,” said Ella, one of about 40 children attending an Outdoor Discovery Center Wetland Critters program at the Holland State Park last week.
Wired.com, July 27
Excerpt: We live in a world of scarce governmental resources, and they seem to be getter scarcer. This means it’s more important than ever to pick our public investments wisely. A new paper by Flavio Cunha, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, and James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate at the University of Chicago, documents the wisdom of one particular kind of investment: Preschool.
WZZM13.com, July 27
Excerpt: The latest snapshot of child well being has been released and Michigan has fallen in its ranking.
Macon.com, July 25
Excerpt: An anti-crime organization made up of law enforcement, prosecutors and survivors of violence has issued a series of reports for different states on the importance of quality early childhood programs. To make its point, the group, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, chronicles some of the most prominent studies.
Ionia Sentinel Standard, July 21
Excerpt: A local elementary school is attempting to prepare children for Kindergarten with the help of a free coloring book.
Examiner.com, July 18
Excerpt: There is a scholarship program for early childhood professionals called T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps). This program is one of the initiatives supported by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, or ECIC. The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) just became the new license holder for the T.E.A.C.H. program. Previously the program had been administered by the Michigan 4C Association.
Education Report, July 16
Excerpt: The 1,200-student rural district has launched an online academy, been approved as an early middle college, taken a stand for universal preschool, and is converting to a technology-heavy, project-based learning approach in its high school.
CMU Public Broadcasting, July 15
Excerpt: A scholarship program that helps child care providers across the state is changing hands. The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps program, or TEACH, awards scholarships to child care providers pursuing higher education.
Fox 2 News, July 14
Excerpt: For most of my life I have avoided “professional politics” choosing to work quietly and locally as an active participant in the democratic process. Aside from local ballot issues, school board elections and appointed positions I have simply paid attention to issues which concern me, taxation, health and safety, education, business and local government.
Heritage Newspapers, July 14
Excerpt: Residents packed the conference room to capacity at Silver Maples of Chelsea on July 6 for the first “Evening of Civil Discourse” political roundtable discussion. U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Dist. 7, state Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Dist. 52, County Commissioner Mark Ouimet and Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer were invited by event organizer Will Johnson for the nearly two-hour event.
Lansing State Journal, July 12
Excerpt: After months of reports, discussions and a deadlocked vote July 1, the Lansing school board meets again tonight to try to decide how the district will help students who don't succeed at Sexton, Everett or Eastern high schools.
Press & Guide, July 10
Excerpt: State Reps. Gino Polidori(D-Dearborn), Andy Dillon (D-Redford, who represents north Dearborn Heights), Dian Slavens (D-Canton) and Douglas Geiss(D-Taylor) were among those who voted to protect Michigan’s schools from further budget cuts and give them the time they need to plan for the upcoming school year, according to the officials.
mlive.com, July 2
Excerpt: House Speaker Andy Dillon, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, today brought his "Renewing the Michigan Dream" tour to Creston High School.