Gaps and Needs
Michigan's Forgotten 4-Year-Olds: A multi-part series exploring how 30,000 Michigan kids who qualify for free pre-school are not getting the education they need, due to inadequate state funding, logistical hurdles and poor coordination of services. Research shows that these children will get lower grades, drop out more frequently and earn less money over the course of their careers. (Bridge Magazine, 2012)
State of Preschool, Michigan Profile, 2015: Annual report that profiles state-funded pre-K programs. The Michigan profile provides data on spending levels, enrollment levels, access, and quality standards. Click here for full report. (NIEER)
Solutions and Best Practices
Great Start Readiness Program: Evaluation findings of Michigan's state-funded preschool program for at-risk 4-year-olds. (HighScope Educational Research Program, 2012)
HighScope Perry Preschool Study: Well-known longitudinal study that followed low-income children that attended high-quality preschool.
Parents as Teachers Model: Evidence-based model that provides services to families with children prenatal through kindergarten. Model includes personal visits, group connections, resource network and child screening.
Child FIRST Model: Evidence-based model that addresses damage caused to young brains and development from early trauma and adversity, by decreasing stress experienced by the family and providing therapy.
Early Head Start-Home Visiting Model: Evidence-based model that provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services, including home visits and socialization opportunities.
Early Start Model: Evidence-based model that aims to create a collaborative, problem-solving partnership between a home visitor and family to maximize child health, increase child and family well-being, build strengths, and eliminate deficiencies.
Local Blueprints for Change
Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative Strategic Plan: The work of Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative is to improve all parts of the early childhood system of programs and services for children, with a particular emphasis on children with high needs. (SB6GSC, 2016)
Tools and Resources
Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire: A screening tool for parents of children ages 2 months to 66 months (5 ½ years) that will help to monitor a child's development by screening children in five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving and Personal-Social.
Baby Brain Map: Learn about the brain's development from prenatal to three years of age; You'll also learn what you can do to enrich a very young child's development.
Community Dashboard: A dashboard on Washtenaw County's current community conditions and our funded program's outcome achievement.
Family Resources for Early Learners: Find a variety of research-based resources for parenting young children, advice from experts, tips for how to find high-quality child care, and a searchable database of accredited child care providers.
Parent's Guide to Healthy Sleep: Easy guide and tips for parents regarding healthy sleep at each phase of child development.
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