early childhood education http://michiganradio.org en Snyder gets praise for efforts to put more money into early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-gets-praise-efforts-put-more-money-early-childhood-education <p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/2014-state-budget">This week, Governor Rick Snyder made good on his promise</a> to boost preschool spending.</p><p>Today he got a chance to talk to some parents, teachers and school administrators in Grand Rapids about the proposal.</p><p>About a dozen four-year-olds sat in a circle around Gov. Snyder. He read them "Snowmen at Work," a children’s tale about what snowmen do for a living.</p><p>“Are they in school just like you?” Snyder asked the group.&nbsp;<br /><br />"Yeah!” they replied in unison.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:36:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16343 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder gets praise for efforts to put more money into early childhood education Why the quality of life for Michigan's children is stagnating http://michiganradio.org/post/why-quality-life-michigans-children-stagnating-0 <p>Michigan's economy may be slogging its way up the hill towards recovery, but life is not getting as good as it should for children in our state.</p><p>That's the takeaway from the latest <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/misc/MLPPkidscountFINAL.pdf">Kids Count report</a>.</p><p>Here to tell us more is Jane Zehnder-Merrell. She's the project director for Kids Count in Michigan, part of the Michigan League for Public Policy.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:13:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15730 at http://michiganradio.org Why the quality of life for Michigan's children is stagnating Building a pre-school from the ground up in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/building-pre-school-ground-ann-arbor <p>What if you could build a pre-school from the ground up?</p><p>What if you could take the things that seem to work well -- take out what doesn&#39;t --&nbsp;<em>and</em> build-in new ideas after listening to your community?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&#39;s exactly what my next guest is doing.</span></p><p>Ryan Brown wants to re-imagine what early childhood education looks like and feels like.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He&#39;s doing it with the &quot;U School,&quot; which is opening next June in Ann Arbor.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And what&#39;s happening in these weeks before the U-School opens is worth looking at.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brown is the co-founder, executive director, and a classroom teacher at the U-School, and he joined us today.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:54:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 14714 at http://michiganradio.org Building a pre-school from the ground up in Ann Arbor Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons http://michiganradio.org/post/police-chiefs-spend-more-money-now-early-childhood-programs-less-later-prisons <p>A group of police chiefs and district attorneys is asking Congress to invest $75 billion over the next ten years on early childhood programs with proven success. The group says the investment will more than pay for itself in terms of reducing crime and prison costs.</p><p>The group says it’ll save money on prison costs in the long run.</p><p>Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says the State of Michigan and the country is at a fork in the road; spend money now on early childhood development, or spend more money later in the corrections department.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:34:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14447 at http://michiganradio.org Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons In this morning's headlines: More lights less blight in Detroit, high speed rail, more in preschool http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-more-lights-less-blight-detroit-high-speed-rail-more-preschool <p><strong>More streetlight and less blight in Detroit in 60 days </strong></p><p>Detroit's emergency manager says residents will be able to notice more robust city services within the next two months. As the Detroit News<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130909/NEWS06/309090012/syria-resolution-michigan-congress-sentate-house-of-representatives"> reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>"After five months on the job, Kevyn Orr says efforts to restore streetlights and reduce the number of abandoned structures will become more visible within 60 days. Meanwhile, dozens of new public safety vehicles are hitting the streets, and police officers and firefighters are being outfitted with new gear and equipment."</p></blockquote><p><strong>More high speed rail in south Michigan</strong></p><p>"Michigan is adding more high-speed rail. The federal government will give the state more than $9 million to upgrade train tracks between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. The upgrade allows Amtrak trains to travel as fast as 110 miles an hour," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Funding boost will allow more kids in preschool</strong></p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">"As many as 16,000 more 4-year-olds will be able to attend preschool in Michigan this fall, thanks to a big boost in the state's early education budget," the Associated Press<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-jump-preschool-slots-michigan-children"> reports.</a></div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:35:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14330 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: More lights less blight in Detroit, high speed rail, more in preschool Big jump in preschool slots for Michigan children http://michiganradio.org/post/big-jump-preschool-slots-michigan-children <p>As many as 16,000 more 4-year-olds will be able to attend preschool in Michigan this fall, thanks to a big boost in the state's early education budget.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:58:20 +0000 Associated Press 14327 at http://michiganradio.org Big jump in preschool slots for Michigan children Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-september-3rd-2013 <p></p><p>Some of Michigan’s preschoolers are paying the price as federal sequester cuts sink in. On today’s show we take a look at what the cuts mean to families who rely on Head Start in Michigan.</p><p>Later in the hour, we speak with Blaine Pardoe, author of the new book <em>Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick.</em></p><p>But first, Congressional leaders met today with President Obama to talk about the situation in Syria.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, the President called for the United States to take action against Syria for their alleged chemical weapons use.&nbsp; But the President said he wanted Congressional support for the action first.</span></p><p>Also, we hear from Congressman Justin Amash of west Michigan about his thoughts on the situation in the Middle East.</p><p>Finally, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been in continuous operation on Detroit's East side since the Great Depression starting in 1929, and the friars' mission in the city dates back even further to 1883. Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen discusses how the face of poverty has changed over 130 years.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:52:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 14250 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 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 The Great Start Readiness Program is seeing a huge expansion, but is it enough? http://michiganradio.org/post/great-start-readiness-program-seeing-huge-expansion-it-enough <p>State lawmakers recently approved a huge expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program. That's the state's preschool program for 4-year olds at risk of being under-prepared for kindergarten.</p><p>More money for preschoolers was one of the main initiatives in Governor Snyder's State of the State speech last January. And the Legislature was listening, because that $65 million increase represents a 60% expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program.</p><p>We wanted to talk about what this expansion means to preschoolers all over Michigan and what more needs to be done.</p><p>Mina Hong is a Senior Policy Associate of Michigan's Children, and Scott Menzel is the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, and he also chairs the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators' Early Childhood Committee.</p><p>Hong and Menzel joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:15:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 13656 at http://michiganradio.org The Great Start Readiness Program is seeing a huge expansion, but is it enough? Stateside for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-23rd-2013 <p>Lawmakers in Lansing recently approved a $65 million increase in the state's Great Start Readiness Program. That's Michigan's preschool program for 4-year olds at risk of being under-prepared for kindergarten. But, many childhood advocates say that's not enough. We took a look into whether more needs to be done.</p><p>We also heard about space exploration 21st century style. We spoke to a Michigan scientist who is using Kickstarter to make his research a reality.</p><p>Also, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will preside over the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. We spoke with Brent Snavely of the Detroit Free Press about what we can expect from the judge.</p><p>First on the show, the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit has some wondering if Detroit is not an isolated incident. Could other financially struggling cities be on the same path?</p><p>To help us answer this question, we turned to Michigan Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee. Kildee represents Flint and Saginaw.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:06:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13657 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 3% boost in public school funding might be wiped away one year later http://michiganradio.org/post/3-boost-public-school-funding-might-be-wiped-away-one-year-later <p>Michigan schools got about a 3% boost in funding under the state budget passed last month in Lansing, but a new report says that might not be sustainable.</p><p>The non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan says the extra money could be wiped out after next year.&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Schneider is the group's state affairs director.</p><p>"Unless we find new revenue growth that isn't anticipated yet, or the state draws upon additional general fund resources, or other resources to bring them into the School Aid Budget, the K-12 schools are looking to potentially have to give back a good chunk of the gains that they've made."</p><p>The report projects a budget shortfall of about $240 million for the School Aid Budget in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.</p><p>Schneider says that's partly because of additional state spending commitments to things like teacher retirement and early childhood education.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:13:11 +0000 Jake Neher 13514 at http://michiganradio.org 3% boost in public school funding might be wiped away one year later Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-worst-state-child-well-being-great-lakes-region <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan has the highest rate of child poverty in the Great Lakes region, according to a report released Monday morning.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reported, data from the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/123/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBook/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBookr.pdf">2013 Kids Count survey</a>, a nationwide study that ranks states based on child well-being, shows that about 560,000 children in Michigan live in poverty.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That statistic has increased by 6% over the last several years.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In other areas, the state does show some signs of improvement.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Only 4% of kids in Michigan are uninsured. Nationwide, about 7% of children lack health insurance.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:28:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13206 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region Watch the panel on the value of early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-panel-value-early-childhood-education <p>Michigan Radio's <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/term/early-education">State of Opportunity team</a> has been covering the research around early childhood education and the role it plays in a child's development.</p><p>That topic was discussed at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference this morning.</p><p>The Legislature and Governor Snyder <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/65-million-increase-early-ed-expected-pass-creates-16000-new-preschool-slots-michigan">have shown interest in boosting early ed programs in the state</a>, but how much should they commit, and what kinds of programs work?</p><p>Michigan Radio's Jennifer White led a panel discussion on early education in Michigan.</p><p><strong>Watch the discussion below (scroll five minutes in):</strong></p><p><iframe src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/detroitpublictv?layout=4&amp;clip=pla_a62d270e-7ec1-4b0b-b2a9-e2993c5773a9&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" style="border:0;outline:0" frameborder="0" height="295" scrolling="no" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Panelists included:</p><p><strong>Carla D. Thompson,</strong> vice president for program strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation</p><p><strong>Rob Grunewald,</strong> economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis</p><p><strong>Bob Harbison,</strong> board member, Smart Start Oklahoma Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 12798 at http://michiganradio.org Watch the panel on the value of early childhood education Commentary: Why Susie can't read http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-why-susie-cant-read <p>If there’s agreement on anything having to do with education policy in Michigan, it is that we aren’t getting the results we need.</p><p>Too many students are emerging from school with too few skills to make them competitive for jobs, not to mention the intellectual resources to live fulfilled and happy lives.</p><p>And our leaders are locked in increasingly bitter debates over what to do about this. Democrats blame conservatives for cutting education budgets and demonizing teachers and their unions. Republicans want to divert funding from traditional public schools and encourage parents to let free enterprise charter schools do the job.</p><p>But now there is significant evidence that both sets of arguments miss the real reason many Susies and Johnnies can’t read. The problem is that we are focusing on the wrong age group.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:55:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12173 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Why Susie can't read Commentary: The education dilemma http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-education-dilemma <p>Michigan Radio does an interesting occasional series called Issues and Ale, in which those who know something about a particular public policy get together with citizens in a relaxed setting to discuss things that really matter. Last night we held one on “The Future of Public Education” in an improv theatre in the city of Ferndale, which I thought was an excellent choice.</p><p>Ferndale is an older, working-class Detroit suburb which has been a distinct community since the 1920s. Times are not what were, and the city has shrunk over the years to about 20,000 people. Ferndale has become somewhat well-known over the last two decades for its welcoming of the gay and LGBT communities, who have done much to revitalize neighborhoods and the city’s downtown.</p><p>But Ferndale also has a dedicated group of parents very concerned with education, their kids’ futures, and want to make sure their children are getting what they need to succeed.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:52:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11884 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The education dilemma Sorry college students, this scholarship program is for babies only http://michiganradio.org/post/sorry-college-students-scholarship-program-babies-only <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>About 200 Michiganders will benefit from a new scholarship program announced today.&nbsp;</p><p>But if you want to be one of the lucky recipients, there's a catch: you can't be any older than two.&nbsp;</p><p>The state's <a href="http://greatstartforkids.org/">Early Childhood Investment Corporation</a> announced today that it's partnering with the <a href="http://www.womenscaringprogram.org/">Women's Caring Program</a> on a new $700,000 program to help low income families afford child care.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:43:30 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 11815 at http://michiganradio.org Sorry college students, this scholarship program is for babies only Stateside: The possible return on investment for early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-possible-return-investment-early-childhood-education <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Governor Snyder announced his plan to increase funding for early childhood education during last week’s State of the State.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra and Dustin Dwyer are researching education in Michigan through the State of Opportunity project.</p><p>They spoke with Cyndy today about the benefits of early childhood education.</p><p>According to Guerra, there were waves of both skepticism and excitement after Gov. Snyder talked about early childhood education in his State of the State address. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:43:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10904 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The possible return on investment for early childhood education In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-146 <p><strong>Survey: It should be tougher to become a teacher</strong></p><p>"It should be a lot tougher to become a teacher in this state. At least that's what the Center for Michigan found in a statewide <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stateside-study-surveys-state-education-michigan">survey</a> of some 7,500 people. Eighty percent of educators polled say Michigan needs better teacher preparation," Kate Wells reports.</p><p><strong>Governor Snyder wants state to put more money in early childhood education</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder wants the legislature to support more funding for early childhood education. As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130123/SCHOOLS/301230349/1409/metro/Study-Michigan-supports-funding-increase-early-childhood-programs">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he will ask the Legislature to undertake a "significant phase-in" of 29,000 4-year-olds into public preschool programs over the next few years, an annual investment of $130 million. The state can't afford to add all 29,000 children eligible for the Great Start Readiness Program at once, Snyder said, so he intends to propose ramping up enrollment over a period of years to ease the impact on the budget."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Hathaway expected to plead guilty </strong></p><p>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway will be in court next week. She resigned from the high court on Monday.&nbsp; As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130123/METRO/301230343/1409/metro/Former-Michigan-Supreme-Court-justice-expected-plead-guilty">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway will find herself on the other side of the bench on Tuesday when she's likely to plead guilty to bank fraud charges related to questionable real estate transactions, legal experts say."</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:21:04 +0000 Emily Fox 10897 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k http://michiganradio.org/post/nearly-40-michigan-kids-miss-out-pre-k <p>New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that nearly <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121004/OPINION01/210040334/1008/opinion01/Jacobs-We-must-stop-spread-child-poverty-Mich-">1 in 4 kids in Michigan lives in poverty</a>. For a family of four that means living on $23,000, or less per year.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:02:17 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9394 at http://michiganradio.org Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k Study: Metro Detroit has nation's third-highest rate of "youth disconnection" http://michiganradio.org/post/study-metro-detroit-has-nations-third-highest-rate-youth-disconnection <p>A new report says Metro Detroit has a serious problem with “disconnected” youth.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.measureofamerica.org/one-in-seven">Measure of America study</a> shows 17%, or more than 85,000, of the region’s 16-to-24-year olds aren’t working or in school.</p><p>Using that definition of “disconnection,” the study looked at census data from the nation’s 25 biggest metro areas. Metro Detroit had the third-highest rate of youth disconnection.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:45:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9083 at http://michiganradio.org