early childhood education

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

That childhood trauma can compromise mental health is not new, but it altering the brain is, says Jennifer Nottingham, associate director of community impact at the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.

She says it can cause learning and behavioral issues for students and an increased risk for disease through adulthood.

But the good news is, there's ways to mitigate trauma's effects, which is why she says the United Way is hosting free screenings of a documentary on the topic.


DETROIT NEWS--Michigan is 40th in the country for children’s education. Half of the state’s young children aren’t in preschool. According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 70 percent of fourth graders aren’t doing well in reading and few eighth graders are doing well in math. Recent standardized test results support the foundation’s findings.

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The parent should be their child’s “first and most important teacher.” That’s the idea behind the Parents as Teachers program. 


The Associated Press

The nation's largest increase in preschool funding over the last two years has taken place in Michigan.   

About one-third of the money will go programs throughout Michigan

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