Detroit Evening Report: Michigan receives $4M grant to help children prepare for kindergarten

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The State of Michigan has received a $4 million federal grant to help prepare children for kindergarten.

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The state says the “Preschool Development Grant: Birth through Five” program will be focused especially on low-income and vulnerable children. State Superintendent Michael Rice says the state will use the money to invest in early childhood educators and expand access to high quality early ed programs.

“This grant will help the kids most in need of help entering kindergarten by investing in the early childhood workforce; identifying opportunities to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs; and supporting a comprehensive delivery system,” Rice said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ award also allows the Michigan Department of Education to work on an enrollment and eligibility tool for parents looking for early childhood programs.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.