Facts and Issues

Michigan’s youngest learners – those between birth and age 5 – face daunting challenges.┬áConsider:

  • Poverty affects one of every five children ages 0-4 in Michigan.
  • Forty five percent of all the births in Michigan are to single women well below poverty level. One of every 10 births in Michigan was to a teenager.
  • Michigan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation, ranking 43rd.
  • More than 10,000 young children in Michigan suffered from neglect in 2006. A thousand more suffered other forms of abuse.
  • Nearly half of the estimated 37,000 hospitalizations of Michigan children 5 and younger in 2006 could have been prevented by timely and effective primary care.
  • The rate of young children receiving food stamps doubled from 2000 to 2007 and is now at 25 percent.
(Source: http://greatstartforkids.org/content/facts-issues)

In our own Ingham County, we see similar numbers:

  • 18% of children age 0-4 live in poverty.
  • 32% of children are in single-parent homes.
  • 47% of births were to Medicaid-eligible families.
  • 53% of newborns qualified for food assistance.
  • 17% of births were to mothers with less than 12 years of education.
  • 13% of births were to foreign-born mothers.
  • Deaths for black babies are more than three times the rate of deaths for white babies.
(Source: http://inghamgreatstart.powerofwe.org/files/2010/12/Status-of-Young-Children-in-Ingham-County-2010.pdf)
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