Our Michigan allies made progress in establishing a cross-sector agenda to improve the lives of families, starting prenatally and through the critical infant and toddler years.

State Allies:

Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health • Lansing, MI
Michigan's Children • Lansing, MI
Top Priorities for 2020

Require that all state department employees and local providers (i.e. healthcare, education, child care) who serve and interact with families and young children participate in implicit bias training.

Support state plan to improve maternal and infant outcomes with legislation and appropriations to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women to 12 months postpartum and create universal offering of a postpartum check-in to all women and newborn babies.

Fill child care, early intervention and home visiting workforce shortages with compensation and retention strategies.

Expand home visiting through full utilization of federal funding and require system integration to provide families with options that best meet their goals.

Michigan advocates know that simple policy changes make a huge difference. And in 2019, they helped eliminate more hurdles and add more opportunities for the children and families of their state. 

  • Child Care Reimbursement Rates Increased for Both Licensed and Non-Licensed Providers
  • Funded Social-Emotional Consultants for Child Care Providers
  • Increased Funding for Michigan’s IDEA Part C Program
  • Protected Pregnant Women and Families with Children Under Age Six from Work Requirements Tied to Medicaid Eligibility
  • Organized Stakeholders into Action Teams and Engaged to Develop a Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Advocacy Agenda

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving systemic, long-lasting change for Michigan’s young children by providing state allies with powerful advantages.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

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