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.”