Early Head Start http://michiganradio.org en This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-and-education <p></p><p>This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss roads funding in the final days before lawmakers leave for the summer, the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-kalamazoo-students-get-chance-take-part-promise"> expansion of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship</a> and why Detroit is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds"> missing out</a> on Head Start next year.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:52:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17946 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education $4.5 million fund is being formed to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/45-million-fund-being-formed-benefit-head-start-programs-detroit <p>The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund announced Tuesday will award grants in part to support improved services and better outcomes for young children and families.</p><p>The announcement was made by the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, funders working to support early childhood education. The group includes the <a href="http://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/overview" target="_blank">W.K. Kellogg Foundation</a>, the <a href="http://kresge.org/" target="_blank">Kresge Foundation</a>, the <a href="http://www.skillman.org/" target="_blank">Skillman Foundation</a> and others.</p><p>The fund will be managed by the <a href="https://cfsem.org/" target="_blank">Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan</a>.</p><p>The fund was created in response to a federal competition for $48 million in Head Start funding in Detroit. The Office of Head Start recently announced Detroit organizations with winning proposals that are in negotiations to get federal funding. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:38:40 +0000 The Associated Press 16703 at http://michiganradio.org $4.5 million fund is being formed to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit Michigan's preschoolers affected by federal cuts to Head Start http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-preschoolers-affected-federal-cuts-head-start <p>These are trying times for families who rely on Head Start to give their preschoolers the big boost that can make the difference between success and failure in school.</p><p>That's because the federal sequester cuts have made a big hit on the number of slots available to preschoolers.&nbsp;</p><p>Nationwide, 57,000 kids have lost access to Head Start. And the threat of deeper cuts looms when the debt ceiling rears its head again this fall in Washington.</p><p>Robin Bozek, the executive director of Michigan Head Start Association and Mary DeLuca, the &nbsp;Head Start director for the Community Action Agency of Jackson joined us in the studio to talk about how Michigan’s preschool kids are affected by the budget cuts. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the story above.</em></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:46:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 14248 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's preschoolers affected by federal cuts to Head Start 16,000 new preschool slots could open up in Michigan with funding boost http://michiganradio.org/post/16000-new-preschool-slots-could-open-michigan-funding-boost <p><em>"It's certainly a good day for early childhood advocates."</em> - Matt Gillard of the Michigan Sandbox Party</p><p>Dustin Dwyer from our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/65-million-increase-early-ed-expected-pass-creates-16000-new-preschool-slots-michigan">State of Opportunity team has more</a> on the expected increase for early childhood education in Michigan:</p><blockquote><p>The annual legislative brawl over how to spend the state's money is expected to come to a close this week in Lansing. The budgets currently under consideration include many changes. One of the biggest is a nearly 60 percent increase in the state's funding for early education.</p><p>The governor<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-calls-more-early-childhood-funding-it-enough"> initially proposed a $65 million increase</a> for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) in his budget. The proposal went back and forth <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/four-most-baffling-things-i-heard-yesterdays-state-house-hearing-preschool-funding">as it made its way through the legislature this year</a>, but it's now looking like the governor will get his way.</p></blockquote><p>Read his full report <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/65-million-increase-early-ed-expected-pass-creates-16000-new-preschool-slots-michigan"><em>here</em></a>. Tue, 28 May 2013 16:28:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12761 at http://michiganradio.org 16,000 new preschool slots could open up in Michigan with funding boost Investing in early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/investing-early-childhood-education <p>When Governor Rick Snyder talks about education in the state, he doesn&rsquo;t talk in terms of K-12 but rather P-20 education. He describes it as pre-natal through post-graduate.</p><p><strong>Early education increasingly considered key to future success</strong></p><p>Susan Neuman is a Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. She served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2001-2003. (<a href="http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sbneuman/">You can read more about her work in early childhood development here.)</a></p><p>Neuman says she can measure an achievement gap between children as early as 9 months. She says&nbsp;birth through age&nbsp;three turns out to be pretty crucial for a child&rsquo;s future. &ldquo;This is when brain development is increasing at an enormous rate,&rdquo; Nueman said. <em>&ldquo;This is when language development is spurting this is when cognitive development and this is when our belief in ourselves is developing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Nueman says the best early childhood education programs are those that strengthen a parent&rsquo;s ability to become their child&rsquo;s best teacher in those first years of life. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:30:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5032 at http://michiganradio.org Investing in early childhood education