The Craig Fahle Show

Early Childhood Education in Detroit Gets $4.5 Million Boost

Wednesday April 16, 2014

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Sharnita Johnson, program officer at the Kellogg Foundation; Ann Kalass, CEO at Starfish Family Services and Jeffrey Capizzano, president of the Policy Equity Group join Craig for a panel discussion on the importance of early childhood education. Together, a group of funders are working together to support early childhood education and have announced the formation of a new $4.5 million fund to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit. While students in the Head Start programs are more likely to complete high school, attend college and have a better health outcome, they're not the only ones benefiting. Kalass says there are also "wonderful tools in the programming for teachers to make early childhood assessments." The program's formation means that students, along with parents and teachers, can make the most of early childhood development through learning about physical, cognitive and social skills that begin at an early age.