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Strengthening Connections: Michigan’s Coordinated Eligibility and Enrollment Practices

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The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start (OGS) is using Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five funds to support three projects related to coordinated eligibility and enrollment: Trusted Advisor grants to Great Start Parent Coalitions, the First 10 initiative, and the Coordinated Eligibility and Enrollment Project.

Families with young children face significant barriers in finding and accessing services to meet their needs. A complex array of services exists across health, early care and education, economic assistance, and family supports.

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start (OGS) is supporting Trusted Advisor grants to Great Start Parent Coalitions, the First 10 initiative, and the Coordinated Eligibility and Enrollment Project. The state established this system to strengthen connections using the following approaches:

  • Coordination across multiple entry points
  • Community-designed approaches
  • Engagement of parent coalitions
  • Use of trusted advisors to reach populations not well connected to services
  • Support for communities in implementing coordinated eligibility and enrollment

Read the case study to learn how Michigan operationalized these approaches as well as lessons learned over the course of the work.

Interested in other states’ approaches? Read the other case studies in this series, here.

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