Nurturing children from an early age

Studies show that early education experiences are vital to a child’s development, and in these tough economic times Joan Blough of the state’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) said it’s more important than ever to make sure that Michigan’s children have access to high-quality child care.

“Child care is actually the most important early learning environment outside of a child’s home,” said Blough, ECIC’s vice president of great start planning and evaluation. “So many children are from families where both parents have to work, so they’re spending the majority of their days in child care.”

The ECIC is a statewide initiative created in 2005 to serve as Michigan’s focal point for information and investment in early childhood development in the state so that children can arrive at the kindergarten door safe, healthy and eager for learning and life. With its deep Michigan roots, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has joined forces with this public-private partnership in order to foster school readiness and life success for all of Michigan’s children.

“I feel it’s every child’s birthright to be loved and welcomed,” Blough said. “I really believe in the power of love and nurturing and support to enable children to have opportunity, no matter their background.”

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Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all Michigan families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five with special emphasis given to vulnerable children and families who face persistent disparities

Educated Kids
May 1, 2009 - April 30, 2013
$3,055,516

Michigan

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“Empleen el dinero del modo en que crean conveniente, siempre y cuando promueva la salud, la felicidad y el bienestar de los niños.” - Will Keith Kellogg

“Sèvi ak lajan an jan w vle depi se sante timoun, byennèt timoun ak kè kontan pou timoun w ap ankouraje.” - W.K. Kelòg