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Early education programs in Michigan to benefit from federal grant money

LANSING, MI (WNWN)- There’s no breakdown yet on how many kids in any  local system will be served, but low income students in the state will benefit from Michigan’s share of $280 million in federal grant money. Michigan’s portion comes to about $52 million as a winner in the national Race To The Top Early-Learning Challenge.

There are about 182,000 young children ages 3 to kindergarten in the state who will be helped by this funding.  State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan says while this won’t eliminate child poverty it will certainly assist a lot of children get the early intervention they need. The Michigan Education Department is the lead state government agency for this grant, but it will work with the Michigan Human Services Department, Michigan Community Health Department, Center for Educational Performance and Information; and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.