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On behalf of the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking an entity to design, plan and implement an evaluation focused on the progress made by Michigan’s Great Start Collaboratives and Great Start Parent Coalitions.  The proposal deadline is April 28, 2017.  The RFP can be accessed through this link.  Questions about the RFP should be directed to Alissa Parks at aparks@ecic4kids.org.

Gov. Rick Snyder Signing Legislation to ensure Michigan students become better readers early on.LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation ensuring Michigan students will become better readers early on and therefore better able to learn before completing the third grade.

“By helping students read proficiently by the third grade, we can make sure that our children have the necessary skills to do well in school and be successful for the rest of their lives,” Snyder said.

The governor was joined in the Capitol rotunda as he signed the bill by students from Dix Elementary School in Otsego.

House Bill 4822, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, establishes guidelines to assure students have third grade level literacy before continuing on to the next grade. In order to accomplish this, several supports for struggling students are being created. Individualized plans will be constructed for every student who falls behind to ensure that those students receive the assistance they need to be successful.

The bill also requires principals or administrators to provide teachers with professional development programs that will assist them in improving reading proficiency. The new guidelines go into effect for the 2017-2018 kindergarten class.

Third-grade reading proficiency was a key point in Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address. Research has shown that after third grade, students need to move past learning to read so they can read to learn. In the summer of 2015, a bipartisan group of legislators and education stakeholders met to discuss changes to the state’s literacy policies. This legislation is the final piece to completing the work of that group.

The bill is now Public Act 306 of 2016.

For more information on this and other legislation, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.

Gov. Snyder also announced initial appointments to the PreK-12 Literacy Commission.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Education, the 13-member commission will advise and assist in matters relating to the assessment, professional development, education programming, socioeconomic challenges, best practices, collaboration, parental engagement, and teaching of literacy.

Appointments:

Lois Bader of East Lansing is the executive director of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. She holds a bachelor’s degree from California State College, a master’s degree from Kean University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She will represent a member submitted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Steve Goodman of Grand Haven is the director of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative, co-director of Michigan School Climate Transformation Grant and the Adolescent Literacy Model Demonstration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/special education from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University.

JaNel Jamerson of Flint is the executive director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Michigan Flint. He will represent a member submitted by the Senate Minority Leader.

John Kennedy of Kentwood is president and CEO of Autocam Medical. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Kyle Mayer of Grand Haven is the assistant superintendent of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in educational leadership research and technology from Western Michigan University.

Susan Medendorp of Lansing is the center director of Abrams Teaching Lab at the Michigan Dyslexia Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences as well as an elementary education degree with special education endorsements for ages 0-25 in emotionally impaired, learning disabilities, and mentally impaired from Calvin College and a master of divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary.

Naomi Norman of Ann Arbor is the assistant superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in educational studies and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan.

Amanda Price of Holland is a state representative for the 89th District, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. She will represent a member submitted by the Speaker of the House and will serve as chair of this commission.

Jeremy Reuter of Haslett is the president of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in family community services and a master’s degree in family studies from Michigan State University.

Nadra Shami of Dearborn is a district language and literacy trainer for Dearborn Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan and an education specialist degree in education leadership from Oakland University. She will represent a member submitted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Denise Smith of Detroit is vice president of early learning at Excellent Schools District in Detroit. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in communications and French from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College.

Medendorp and Smith will serve one-year terms expiring October 31, 2017. Jamerson, Kennedy, Norman and Price will serve two-year terms expiring October 31, 2018. Mayer and Reuter will serve three-year terms expiring October 31, 2019. Bader, Goodman and Shami will serve four-year terms October 31, 2020.

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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today (November 12, 2015) announced the appointment of Judith O’Neill, of Gross Pointe Farms, to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation board of directors.

Created in 2005, the 18-member board is the state's leading group for information about and investment in early childhood programs.

"Judith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board and I appreciate her willingness to serve," Snyder said.

O’Neill recently retired as a partner from Foley & Lardner, PLLP, where she served as vice chair of and strategic planning leader for the business reorganizations practice group, as well as partner in the firm’s litigation department. She currently serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Michigan Law School. O’Neill is a volunteer with the Detroit Reading Corps and previously worked on the Detroit Compact. O’Neill earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She replaces Beverly Hammerstrom.

O’Neill will serve a four-year term expiring July 22, 2019. The appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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LANSING, MI – Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), was recently selected as a member of the BUILD Initiative’s Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN).  

Over the next three years, Dr. Daniel-Echols will work collaboratively at the national, regional, and state levels to develop a blueprint that promotes early childhood systems that are explicitly and measurably equitable and excellent for all children. The group’s work is specifically focused on identifying and addressing inequities based on race, ethnicity, language and culture.  

One of the ECIC’s foundational values is equity: specifically that there is intrinsic value in pursuing policies and initiatives that seek to eliminate persistent disparities between children that are the result of race/ethnicity, class, and gender difference. 

“My participation in ELAN ties into a key piece of ECIC’s strategic plan, and will connect our state to a national discussion about how to meet the needs of all children as our country, state, and communities continue to see significant demographic changes and widening gaps in child outcomes,” Daniel-Echols said.

BUILD has selected 37 participants from among 80 applicants from across the United States and the territories to be the first cohort in the Equity Leaders Action Network. These leaders were selected for their potential to:

  • Have an impact and promote equity;

  • Influence others in the areas of health, early learning and/or family support; and

  • Influence state-level policy.

The BUILD Initiative supports early childhood leaders from both the private and public sectors as they work to set policy, offer services and advocate for children from birth to age five.  It is a resource for all 50 states and works intensively with 10 states – Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

On March 9 and 10 ECIC partnered with several organizations to host two days of in-depth discussion among a diverse group of early childhood stakeholders, advocates, and practitioners about birth to three programs and policies.  On March 9th, we considered the state and federal landscapes for home visiting and child care.  The Investment Corporation collaborated with the following organizations to plan the March 9th meeting: Council for a Strong America, Michigan's Children, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Michigan Department of Education - Office of Great Start, and Public Sector Consultants.

On March 10th, we had an opportunity to learn about Early On® Michigan as well as about how other states across the country have structured the implementation and funding of their Part C of I.D.E.A. early intervention policies and programs. The session included information about our state and local level implementation as well as a presentation by Maureen Greer, Executive Director, IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association.  Consultants from Zero to Three and the Ounce of Prevention Fund facilitated our discussion.  Our focused discussion on Early On® was planned and implemented in partnership with Michigan's Children with funding from the Alliance for Early Success. 

 Presentations:

 2014 Part C Finance and Funding Models

Federal Overview of IDEA Part C

An Early On® View Through the Lens of an ISD – Genesee & Ionia

Early On® Michigan Part C IDEA

Michigan Home Visiting Initiative

Additional Resources:

2014 Home Visiting Initiative Report

Auditor General’s Report – Performance of Early On® - Michigan Department of Education

Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future – The Plan for Early Learning and Development in Michigan

Policy Options to Support Children from Birth to Age Three

Zero to Three Self-Assessment Checklist for States Michigan Survey Results

In September 2014, we completed a process that resulted in a five year strategic plan.  Click here to read a full description of that process, our organizational values, and goals.

 

You've heard the rumors - 'something different is going on at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation', 'they've got a refreshing new attitude over at ECIC' - but you're not sure what it all means. We'd like to invite you to take the time to get to know us again. Here at the Investment Corporation we are starting a new electronic newsletter and we would like you to become a member. By doing so you will periodically receive updates on ECIC projects, events, and announcements as well as early childhood research, policy, and practice news and information that will help you serve Michigan's children and families.

We hope you will choose to become a part of our statewide network of partners and colleagues. Click here to join and be on the lookout for information about our recently completed five-year strategic plan. P.S. Please feel free to share this link with those you know have been wondering about us, too.

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Michigan Partners for Success seeks public-private solutions

LANSING, Mich. – Improving health and early childhood outcomes for high-risk mothers and their babies are the first priorities of Michigan Partners for Success, a new state program.

Michigan Partners for Success is centered on the state government teaming up with service providers and investors from the philanthropic and private communities to fund new approaches to address persistent community health problems.

The program focuses on improving health and early childhood development for high-risk mothers and their babies through home-visitation, community programs and better coordination of care throughout pregnancy until the child’s second birthday.

“Everyone benefits when mothers and families get the assistance they need to get children off to the best start possible,” Snyder said. “It’s important for parents to get support to keep mothers and their babies healthy. This new program will help find innovative approaches to provide this vital care.”

Michigan was chosen in a national competition to work with Harvard University’s Kennedy School on the project.

Using the model, investors from the philanthropic community and private sector provide upfront funding to expand or replicate proven programs. Governments cover the costs only if the program successfully meets its goals.

The state is issuing a formal request for proposals this month, with a public meeting and bidder’s conference scheduled for Sept. 4. Interested parties, including investors, are encouraged to attend the bidder’s conference. Bids will be due in October, with finalist interviews planned for November. Programs will start in 2015.

Groups interested in submitting proposals can receive additional information at: www.michigan.gov/pfs

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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today (August 14, 2014) announced the appointments of Hiram Fitzgerald, of DeWitt, and Guadalupe Lara, of Allen Park, and the reappointment of Susan Broman, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corp.

The 18-member committee is the state's expert group for information on and investment in early childhood programs, helping to ensure that children enter kindergarten safe, healthy, and eager to learn.

"Early childhood programs are the foundation for long-term educational success," said Snyder. "This is a talented group of appointees and I am confident they will do great in support of Michigan’s children."

Fitzgerald is a university distinguished professor and associate provost for university outreach and engagement at Michigan State University. Fitzgerald is past-president and executive director of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health. He served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health for 16 years and is founder and co-chair of the MSU interdepartmental specialization in infancy and early childhood graduate program. Fitzgerald earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Lebanon Valley College, master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology.He replaces Carolyn Clark.

Lara is the director of the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies where she works with six member agencies to advocate on behalf of Hispanic issues at the local and state level. She spent 27 years advocating for families at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, holding a variety of leadership positions while at the Detroit Medical Center, most recently as manager of community relations. Lara is a certified pediatric social worker and has extensive experience in diversity and conflict management. Lara earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master of social work from Wayne State University.She replaces Betsy Boggs.

Broman is the deputy superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start. She was president of the Steelcase Foundation. She chaired the “Early Matters” early childhood initiative for the Council on Michigan Foundations and was one of the creators of the First Steps Commission in Kent County. Broman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in counseling from Western Michigan University.She continues to serve as the designee from the Michigan Department of Education.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring July 22, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that applications are now available for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition. The goal of Preschool Development Grants is to support states - including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – in building, developing and expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities for children from low- and moderate-income families. The new grant program will be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

DATA RESOURCES FOR EARLY HEAD START-CHILD CARE PARNTERSHIP APPLICANT

A variety of data resources are available that may prove helpful to those applying for Early Head Start-Child Care partnership or Expansion grants.  Please see below for a list of data resources and other tools that applicants may wish to utilize to strengthen their application and better express the needs of their proposed service area.  We will share information on other resources as they become available. 

Child Care and Development Fund and Great Start to Quality:

Available Information:

  • Number of infants/toddlers receiving subsidy by either zip code or county

  • Type of program those infants/toddler attend

  • Names of programs who are currently serving subsidy children by zip code or county and  their Great Start to Quality star rating

To receive this data, please contact:

 

Lisa Brewer-Walraven
Director, Child Development and Care
Office of Great Start, Michigan Department of Education
Brewer-WalravenL@michigan.gov

 

Michigan “Kids Count” Data:

ECIC contracted with the Michigan League for Public Policy to provide a report on a variety of indicators to Great Start Collaboratives.  This data was compiled by Kids Count, a program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that maintains the best available data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children.  The attached Excel spreadsheet contains a variety of indicators, from number of children receiving public mental health services to the number of teen births in a given year; please note that data is broken down to the ISD-level. 

Further Kids Count data is accessible via the Kids Count Data Center.  The information available may be more recent than that provided in the Excel document, but is not organized by ISD.  Applicants can search by county, city and congressional district for hundreds of indicators encompassing topics such as demographics, economic well-being, and family and community.  Utilizers are also able to generate reports and graphics through the data center.

 

Kids Count Data Center: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/

 

Census/Zip Code Tabulation:

The FOA lists priority zip codes that award applicants proposing service in these areas 5 automatic points.  Even if you do not have a priority zip code in your area, you can still strengthen your application by using data to show that your community is high-needs.  This census tool provides information on how to utilize Zip Code Tabulation Areas in identifying areas of high needs and provides links to other census information.  https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/zctas.html

 

County Health Rankings:

County Health Rankings provides lots of data related to health indicators down to the county level.  Data on areas such as health behaviors and quality of life are included and may help illustrate the particular health and well-being needs of a community.  The site includes a tool that allows utilizers to compare their county to others in Michigan and to the state as a whole. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/#!/michigan/2014/overview

 

OTHER RESOURCES

 

EHS/CC Partnerships – CDC 101 Webinar

On July 8, the Office of Great Start (OGS) offered a webinar on CDC subsidy eligibility policies in Michigan.  If you were unable to join, but want to learn more about our state eligibility policies and how the CDC program office at the OGS can help with your data needs we encourage you to watch this webinar! Link to webinar:  http://bit.ly/cdcweb1

Zero to Three EHS-CCP Resources:

The Zero to Three Policy Center has a webpage dedicated to resources applicable to the EHS-CCP.  These resources include fact sheets on how to utilize partnerships to benefit young children and various reports on state initiatives for young children.   http://www.zerotothree.org/policy/ehs-child-care-partnerships.html

 

Information on FOA Zip Codes:

Questions related to how the priority zip codes listed in the FOA were selected have arisen nationally.  Some applicants have voiced concerns regarding the zip codes in their proposed service areas. The Office of Head Start addressed how they came up with the zip codes in one of their FAQs; here is their response:

 

22. How are high poverty zip codes calculated?

In this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), eligible high poverty geographic areas are calculated at the ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) level. The ZCTA is the closest and most reliable approximation available for estimates of ZIP Code-level poverty rates. For the purposes of this FOA, high poverty areas are defined as ZCTAs where at least 33 percent of residents live below the federal poverty level and in which at least 120 children younger than age five reside. Individuals who are enrolled in college are excluded from the poverty rate calculations. ZCTAs are Census-designated boundaries based on, but not necessarily consistent with, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ZIP Code boundaries. USPS ZIP Codes are designed to meet the day-to-day operational needs of the U.S. Postal Service and change periodically; however, the boundaries of ZCTAs remain consistent over time.

The data used to make this determination are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates. This source is the only reliable national source for estimating ZIP Code-level poverty rates and population counts. The ACS data used to calculate the poverty rates is reported at the ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) level. For ease of administration, the eligible high poverty areas listed in the Appendix of this FOA are listed at the ZIP Code level. However, a single ZCTA may include one or more ZIP Codes. Since eligibility is calculated at the ZCTA level, all ZIP Codes in an eligible ZCTA are included in the Appendix list. This is why, in some cases, ZIP Codes that are entirely hospitals, universities, etc. may appear on the list. Additionally, although ZCTA’s are geographically-based units, Census Tracts are smaller population-based units, and thus were not used for calculating high poverty geographic areas under this FOA.

If you believe a zip code in your service area was improperly included in the FOA, please contact the Office of Head Start: they are making corrections as needed.  Additionally,  use the following link to access all three Office of Head Start FAQs related to the EHS-CCP (most recently updated July 21st): http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/grants/ehs-ccp/faqs.html


Writing a Winning Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership Grant Application

Early Childhood Investment Corporation in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education - Office of Great Start hosted Jeff Capizzano, President of The Policy Equity Group, LLC on July 22, 2014.  Jeff presented “Writing a Winning Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership Grant Application: Overview and Strategies for Success.”  This presentation is here for your use. 

Policy Equity Group EHS-CC Partnership TA Meeting in Lansing.pdf 
Attendee List_2014 07 22.pdf


2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

“Today’s release of the updated KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a valuable snapshot of how Michigan’s children are faring over time and in comparison with the rest of the country.  Unacceptably large numbers of children are living in poverty and struggling to attain basic levels of reading and math skills.  Michigan’s continuing investments in early childhood care and education initiatives like Great Start to Quality are vital and should be a part of a comprehensive set of policies to improve all children’s access to high quality education and services.” 

Marijata Daniel-Echols
Chief Executive Officer
Early Childhood Investment Corporation