ECIC receives Champion Crime Fighter award

LANSING - The Early Childhood Investment Corporation - Michigan's authority on early childhood - has been awarded a "Champion Crime Fighter" award from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan.

At a ceremony Nov. 29, Gov. Rick Snyder also received the group's "Michigan's Champion for Children" award. Michigan State Police Capt. Kari Kusmierz accepted on behalf of the governor. Judy Samelson, president and CEO, accepted on behalf of ECIC. (Photo: ECIC CEO Judy Samelson receives award.)

K.P. Pelleran, Fight Crime Michigan's director, said the group recognized ECIC for its "tremendous effort to align state and federal early childhood development, care, and education in every county across the state of Michigan through a system of Great Start Collaboratives that include a cross-section of community leaders and parents."

The governor was lauded for his creation of the Michigan Office of Great Start and "his leadership to build upon the work of the ECIC, established by his predecessor, through his vision for a prenatal to 20 (P-20) system that supports the social, emotional, and educational development of children as a priority to ensure student success by grade 4 and beyond."

"By working to ensure the success and safety of our youngest citizens, Gov.Snyder and the ECIC are indeed Ffighting crime by investing in kids," said Pelleran.

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