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Report: Michigan meeting early education quality standards

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A new study finds Michigan is doing well in educating very young children. 

But the report’s authors are concerned about the future.

The National Institute for Early Education Research’s State of Preschool 2018 report has positive things to say about the state. Michigan is one of only three states to meet the group’s new, more stringent benchmarks for quality standards.

Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles welcomed the report. 

"The Michigan Department of Education will continue working with child care providers to focus on high quality care during the earliest years of learning for children,” she said.

But the author of the state of preschool report says, after making significant progress, Michigan has “stalled out and risks moving backwards.”

Steven Barnett, of the National Institute for Early Education Research, says funding has increased, but not enough to keep up with inflation.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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