Discussions regarding early childhood education in Michigan are heard far outside of the classroom these days. Legislative deliberations focus on access to early education for the most vulnerable, on funding early education that specifically supports at-risk families, and on raising the bar on quality education as new research directs training for those working with Michigan’s youngest citizens. The stakes are high as decades of research find that investment in childhood development improves young people’s life outcomes and family well-being while saving tax dollars in the long run.
The forum will provide insight into what communities and policy makers should consider as they develop policies supporting early education, particularly for at-risk children. What are the key considerations for providing the best odds for children to succeed in Michigan’s stressed communities?