State Wants to Give Youngest Residents an Earlier Start

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to coordinate early childhood development efforts by public and private groups so more young children get good education and child care.

Tuesday, she announced the creation of the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation.

The group will establish standards and guidelines for early childhood development activities and use public and private dollars to pay for those activities.

A 15-member executive committee made up of representatives from participating intermediate school districts and gubernatorial appointees will run the corporation.

Family Independence Agency director Marianne Udow expects to have agreements signed with five or six ISDs by the end of the year and to add more in 2006.