Advocacy for Michigan’s Children

This page contains links to the ECIC Policy and Action Center which features periodic Legislative Policy updates from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) on Early Childhood Issues.  The ECIC website also has a dynamic policy and interactive advocacy page.  For other interesting news articles and informative studies click on the links below.

ECIC Policy  & Action Center
Through the Great Start Initiative, and your hard work, Michigan has made significant progress towards developing a statewide early childhood development network. But our work is not complete. There are still areas where we can improve as a state to ensure that all of our children between the ages of zero and four have a safe and healthy environment to learn and grow.

Please take a moment and send an email or write a letter to your elected officials and encourage them to consider the positive impact that this proposed investment in early childhood development will mean for Michigan’s young children, their families and the future well-being of our state.

Advocacy Toolkit
Developed by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and the Sandbox Party, this Advocacy Toolkit, will help you learn how to educate key audiences and encourage elected officials, business leaders, educators, and others to support early childhood initiatives.

Introduction to Advocacy
What is advocacy?  Why should you become an advocate?

Types of Advocacy
4 different types of advocacy: case, administrative, legislative, and media advocacy, includes strategies and examples for each. 

Frame Your Message
Clear and concise ways to discuss complex issues to target audiences such as lawmakers, early childhood practitioners, and members of the business community.

Contacting Legislators
General tips for building strong personal relationships with your legislators with email, letters, phone calls and more. 

Meeting With Your Legislator
How to schedule an in-person meeting with your elected official, best practices to prepare for your meeting, and how to follow up your visit.  Also, a how-to guide on site visit strategy for building lasting relationships and impressions. 

GSC Meeting Calendar

Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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Great Start Family Coalition

Serves as a sounding board for parent members of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

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Family Learning Connection

Learn more about how you can improve your child’s overall experience and achievement in school.

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Great Start to Quality

The best place for families to search for child care and preschool. Check it out today.

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