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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.