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Lansing, Mich. (Sept. 19, 2013) – Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show the percentage of Michigan’s young children living in low-income families has grown even though fewer of them live in the state.

Four-year-olds across Michigan are settling into their pre-school routine, with many programs starting up this week.  Some 16,000 of these kids might not have been able to find spots in a high-quality program if it weren’t for a major expansion, paid for by taxpayers.

On September 17,  the US Census Bureau released its data from the annual Current Population Survey, which includes findings on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage.

LANSING -- The Executive Committee of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation today announced the appointment of Marijata C. Daniel-Echols to replace retiring Chief Executive Officer Judy Y. Samelson.
Dr. Daniel-Echols, currently Vice President of Early Childhood Policy and Programs for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, is a seasoned early childhood professional with extensive background in research, public policy, advocacy and community collaboration.  She will begin October 21.

LANSING – The three newest board members of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation bring a wealth of knowledge and experience about how to help families prepare children to be ready for success in school.

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.