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Michigan Allocates Funding To Support Infants and Toddlers in Flint

Sep 20, 2016

In response to the health crisis in Flint, Michigan, the state passed a supplemental budget in February 2016 that included $2 million for Early On Part C early intervention services for children affected by exposure to lead in the water.

The funding will be used to hire additional Early On staff and assess all Flint children for Early On services. Other than this funding for Flint, the state does not contribute any money to the program. Advocates in Michigan have been fighting for state investment for some time. In March 2015, ZERO TO THREE Policy Center staff, along with those from the Ounce of Prevention and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association, assisted in a learning session on Early On sponsored by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Michigan’s Children. The session generated ideas and next steps for identifying policy and budget shifts that would increase the program’s ability to serve eligible children. Stakeholders have participated in monthly calls since to coordinate their advocacy. Their efforts were instrumental in achieving the funds for Flint.

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