Paying for Children, Now or Later

The single most taxpayer-friendly policy that Michigan can pursue may be investing in proven early childhood programs to help the state’s estimated 260,000 at-risk kids. The up-front costs may be steep, but the long-term financial savings for Michigan will be enormous.

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How one Michigan community is benefiting from preschool expansion

Jan 27, 2015 | Ron French

Tripling preschool slots, and still a waiting list in Vicksburg

A Great Start to preschool expansion

Jan 27, 2015 | Ron French

21,000 more four-year-olds are benefitting from free, high-quality preschool in in just two years thanks to extra state funding

Michigan struggles to support child care for thousands of children

Mar 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Michigan has reduced funding for low-income child care by 67 percent since 2007. Research shows that high-quality centers can boost educational performance.

Only 1-in-10 at-risk children enrolled in parental coaching program

Mar 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

A consensus of research shows home-visitation programs for families with young children improve child development, while saving taxpayers money that would otherwise go to remedial education, incarceration and other costs.

Putting a value on young minds

Mar 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

In a year when state legislators are disinclined to spend, a stunning report shows that Michigan can invest now in proven early childhood programs, or spend a great deal more later.

Preschool for 3-year-olds - high cost, higher reward

Mar 5, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Adding a second year of preschool nets long-term gains for children in poverty, and for state, studies show.

A steady doctor for babies to call their own

Mar 5, 2015 | Bill McGraw

More than 80,000 low-income infants and young children in Michigan don’t have access to a primary care doctor to nurture their development.