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Pontiac— A decrease in obesity among Michigan’s low-income preschoolers suggests a combination of federal, state and local efforts are starting to move the needle on a decades-long obesity epidemic.

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Jeffrey Mills, of Allegan; Catherine Dobrowitsky, of Birmingham; and Reggie LaGrand, of Battle Creek; and the reappointment of Marianne Udow-Phillips, of Ann Arbor, to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation board of directors.

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The news about Michigan’s focus on early childhood and the exceptional work of the Great Start network have spread to Virginia.

The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start has begun a project to develop foundational elements of a coordinated early childhood data system to support improved outcomes for children.

A recently completed non-partisan public opinion research shows overwhelming bipartisan support for early childhood education that helps children start kindergarten and life on the right foot, with a strong majority saying we should do more to achieve this goal.

Michigan’s preschool program, Great Start Readiness, is a proven way to provide key social and learning skills that can greatly help young children prepare to learn once they reach kindergarten and the school grades beyond.

LANSING – The Early Childhood Investment Corporation today announced that 11 Michigan Great Start Collaboratives have been awarded a total of $844,750 to help low-income families afford quality child care and preschool for their 3-year-old children.

Summer is filled with opportunities for young children to enjoy the outdoors with their parents, either splashing in a pool, riding in a bike trailer or learning to ride that first tricycle.

Rising child poverty pushed Michigan to last among the Great Lakes States in a new KIDS COUNT report on child well-being, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The nonprofit Michigan Women’s Caring Program is celebrating its 34th year of supporting quality early care and education for young children from working families with seven fundraising garden parties statewide and the announcement of Emily Houk as its new chief executive officer.

For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It's a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.

LANSING – Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel has made investing in early childhood a priority throughout his career.

The Upper Peninsula Great Start to Quality Resource Center has been named this year’s top “Fierce Heart” organization for young children in Michigan by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation

The importance of working to create systems change in Michigan and the impact of the recently released “Evaluation of the Great Start Initiative” report will be two topics at this week’s Great Start Conference at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University.

When raising children, there are many areas of development to concentrate on and worry about. Experts in child development say children need stable, consistent and loving relationships. Following through with regular child visits, immunization and dental appointments are considered a must. In addition, nutrition choices should be varied, well balanced and healthy.

This 5-minute video depicts the Frontiers of Innovation community’s theory of change for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

State Sen. Coleman Young II was taking questions from Star Power attendees from his home district in Wayne County when the call came for one final question.

Standing up from his mother's side was a boy no more than 5. "Education can make you a job in life," he said in words strong and clear. And the crowd erupted in cheers as the effusive senator laughed and said, "I agree! That's early childhood at work right there."

Travel buses have been reserved, mountains of red T-shirts for attendees have been ordered, and plans are in the final stages for the most comprehensive legislative day for early childhood in Michigan. Star Power 2013 is upon us!

Early Childhood Investment Corp. campaigns for infant dental care

Too many children in Michigan are losing their baby teeth to tooth decay, putting their future dental health, nutritional health and overall health, at risk. For this reason, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation has created a public service campaign urging parents to take their children to the dentist for a first visit by age one.