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We encourage you to support the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), the first national survey of child care supply and demand since 1990. It will provide urgently needed information about all segments of the early care and education community.

A complete and accurate national picture of the current child care field has been lacking. The NSECE will update and greatly expand the information available on all forms of early care and education, the child care workforce for these programs, and families’ child care needs and patterns of use. Results of the NSECE will be used to develop child care and early childhood education policy, including policies that:

  1. Support provider professional development and working conditions;
  2. Help providers operate effectively within the marketplace and in ways that promote child development;
  3. Improve families’ access to care that meets their needs and is respectful of their preferences.

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC), along with its partners, is conducting the NSECE on behalf of the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All data provided will be used only for statistical purposes; identities of programs and individuals will not be disclosed. If you are contacted to participate, we urge you to do everything you can to support this important effort to improve knowledge of the use and availability of early care and education in Michigan and across the country.

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According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Michigan League for Human Services,

“The report ranks Michigan 30th among the states (with No. 1 being the best) for overall child well-being, the same as last year. The ranking slipped from two years ago when Michigan was 27. Between 2000 and 2009 an additional 75,000 children in the state fell below poverty level (roughly $22,000 for a two-parent family of four in 2009) as the state child poverty rate escalated by 64 percent—one of the largest increases in the nation. Michigan’s child poverty rate stands at 23 percent, up from 14 percent at the start of the decade.”

At the same time, the Michigan Legislature and the current administration have reduced the amount of child care payment support for low income working families and set a 4 year lifetime limit  on families receiving welfare benefits. Michigan policies do not appear to be in sync with the current needs of low income families.

Please visit the Data Book home page to download the report and create maps, graphs, and charts at the national, state, and local level.

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