Early Childhood and Quality Care
Research shows preschool-age years are critical for cognitive and social development, laying a foundation for success in college, work and life. Investment in quality care and early education coupled with strong K-12 and post-secondary education is critical for Michigan’s success in developing the right workforce to meet our economic needs.
Food and Nutrition Access and Integrating Available Services
In Michigan, almost one million rural and urban households need help to afford enough food, at some point during the year. Despite Michigan’s robust efforts to establish emergency food networks and deliver USDA nutrition programs, not all schools and communities are aware of available options to address hungry families. If someone is having difficulty accessing food, it’s likely that they have other needs.
Enhance Overall Access and Utilization of Healthcare
Despite spending more on health care than any other country, the United States ranks 37th in the world in overall health. Healthcare utilization is dependent on the affordability, physical accessibility and acceptability of services. It is the foundation for children’s overall development and adult’s gainful employment.