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Michigan's 2015 Budget:  A Snapshot of Programs Relating to Early Childhood (October 2014)

The 2015 fiscal year started October 1, 2014.  To learn about some of the major changes in the 2015 budget, see our two new infographics.  One focuses on issues relating to health, early childhood education, and assistance programs.  The other focuses on changes to subsidized child care. 













An Overview of Young Children in Michigan - 2013 (September 2014)

On September 18, the US Census Bureau released the second of its two data releases for this week.  Data from the 2013 American Community Survey provides a look at the state of Michigan’s children and families.  What the 2013 results show is that, while the numbers of young children living in Michigan declined five percent over the last five years, approximately ten percent of all Michigan resident are ages 0-8, and more than one-fourth of them are children of color.  Furthermore, two-thirds of all children ages 0-5 have all parents in the labor force, but two out of every seven still live in poverty.

Click here to see our infographic which provides additional information on the state of young children in Michigan.  This data is particularly important as policies and programs are constantly formed which seek to lift children and families out of poverty.

Young Children in Poverty Nationwide – 2013
(September 2014)

On September 15, the US Census Bureau released the 2013 Current Population Survey.  This data release contains national information that provides a look at where the nation stands in regards to income, poverty rates, and health insurance coverage.  This includes data relating to the state of young children and their families which is important as decisions are being made on a federal level that impact the health, safety, and well-being of our nation’s youngest learners.

Click here to see our infographic which provides a snapshot of young child poverty rates over the last 10 years, which is important to consider as the nation continues to recover from the Great Recession and consider programs and services that can help lift children and their families out of poverty.

Legislative Process
(July 2014)

Quite often, decisions impacting the quality of life for young children in Michigan are made by bills passed by the Michigan Legislature.  To learn more about the ins and outs of this process, from start to finish, click on the Bill to Law infographic.

FY15 Executive Budget Recommendation
(February 2014)

In February 2014, Governor Synder released his Executive Budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year.  For more information on what it includes when it comes to early childhood programs, see the FY15 Executive Budget Recommendation infographic.

State Budget Process
(January 2014)

The annual state budget is used to determine what programs and services the state will fund for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30.  To learn more about how the budget is created and the steps involved from start to finish, see our informative State Budget Process infographic.


Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program (March 2013)

During the Fiscal Year 2014 budget hearings about expanding the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), there were several questions regarding the differences and/or similarities between GSRP and Head Start. To help address any potential questions, see our simple and easy to understand infographic that clarifies some of the fundamental differences. Click here

Great Start Readiness Program
(March 2013)

Get information on Governor Snyder’s proposed changes included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to the Great Start Readiness program with this eye catching infographic. Click here

Michigan's 2013-14 Budget
(June 2013)

The FY2013-14 budget includes increased funding for many programs aimed at making sure children are born healthy, remain healthy and are ready to learn, such as early childhood education programs and children's dental services.  Funding also has been increased or restored for programs aimed at keeping children healthy from birth to age 1 and removing lead paint from homes.  Click here.

Michigan's Young Children
(September 2013)

In September 2013, the US Census Bureau released new 2012 data that show the number of young children living in Michigan declines and more are living in poverty. For more information on what these data show, see our infographic.  Click here.

Every child should be supported to grow and develop the skills they will need to be successful in school and in life.  For some children, that support needs to start as early as possible if they have special needs or minor to significant disabilities.  The Early Childhood Investment Corporation has partnered with the Early On Michigan Foundation and Michigan’s Children to share the stories of three families that have used the services provided by Early On.  Take a few minutes to learn about Nicholas, Daniel, and Megan.  They have the types of success stories that we would like to see more children and their families be able to tell.