Michigan's Children Reports
The Youngest Victims: Why Young Children are Hardest Hit by State Budget Cuts (September 2010)
First Five Years Fund Video Early Learning Matters (3/25/2011)
ECIC Video The Time Is Now (December 2010)
Ounce of Prevention Video - Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything (4/30/2009)
Infants and Toddlers
Children's Healthcare Access Program
Kent County Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) and Wayne County CHAP are improving health outcomes for low-income children while reducing health care costs. CHAP is a medical home model that was created in partnership with local Great Start Collaboratives as well as local health plans, hospitals, health departments, businesses and agencies. CHAP in Michigan began in Kent County through the vision and leadership of local pediatrician, Dr. Tom Peterson; a non-profit organization led by prominent business executives and philanthropists; and a forward-thinking managed care plan. Efforts to replicate the CHAP model are taking place across the state with Wayne County beginning to implement its CHAP model in 2011.
- Read our Focus on MI Communities piece on Kent and Wayne CHAP.
- See the joint media release by Michigan's Children, First Steps Kent, and the ECIC on CHAP.
- See the Grand Rapids Press article highlighting Kent CHAP.
On March 21, 2011, state legislators, business leaders, philanthropic leaders, and early childhood experts met at the HighScope Educational Research Foundation for an early childhood legislative briefing. The event, co-hosted by legislators and the business community, began with Lt. Governor Brian Calley giving opening remarks and included expert presentations on the lifetime effects of high quality early child care and education serving children from birth to age five and their families. Read more about the event and view the presentations.