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Download Michigan's 2015 BUILD State Profile

BUILD State Inception Year


BUILD State Lead

Susan Broman, Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start, [email protected]

Early Childhood System

Early Childhood Governance Structure: The Office of Great Start (OGS) was established in 2011 by the Governor and charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. OGS is within the Michigan Department of Education. With the establishment of OGS, the Governor outlined a single set of early childhood outcomes against which all public investments will be assessed:

  • Children born healthy;
  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;
  • Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and
  • Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Top 5 Early Childhood Areas of Focus in 2015

  1. Continued progress towards the outcomes of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant
  2. Implement expansion of Great Start Readiness Program
  3. Execute Child Development and Care Program enhancements (Tiered reimbursement, Up to 90 hours reimbursement)
  4. Address needs of infants and toddlers across the system in order to reach early childhood outcomes
  5. Ensure intentional OGS contributions to third grade reading proficiency

BUILD 2015 Areas of Focus

  • Address needs of infants and toddlers across the system
  • Early Intervention System
  • Early childhood data system

Federal Grants

  • Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant - $51,737,456 (Phase 3)
  • Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership State Grant - No state grant was received. $14,400,000 in annual grants were received by three community-based organizations in Michigan. 
  • MIECHV Grant - No competitive grant received, $3,508,188 formula grant. (FY 2015)
  • I.D.E.A. Part C - Early On ® - $11,819,503 (FY 2014-2015)
  • I.D.E.A. Part B, Section 619 - Early Childhood Special Education - $11,702,799 (FY 2014-2015)
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant - $39,349,235 (FY 2014-2015)
  • Head Start Collaboration Office - $225,000; $56,250 [State] (FY 2014-2015)
  • Child Development and Care Program - $71,303,200; $38,988,800 [State] (FY 2014-2015)
  • Child Care and Development Fund - Quality Initiatives to Early Childhood Investment Corporation - $10,678,300; $3,250,679 [State] (FY 2014-2015)
  • Child Care and Development Fund - Quality Initiatives to Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing - $10,425,000 (FY 2014-2015)

State Funds Supporting Early Childhood Programs/Initiatives

  • 32p Block Grant for the Great Start Collaboratives and Great Start Parent Coalitions and Early Childhood Programming - $10,900,000 State School Aid; $2,200,000 Child Care Development Fund (GSC/GSPC only) [Federal]
  • Great Start Readiness Program - $239,275,000 (FY 2014-2015)
  • Great Start Readiness Program Evaluation Grant - $300,000 (FY 2014-2015)
  • Implementation of Great Start to Quality and Kindergarten Entry Assessment - $12,500,000 Supplemental Appropriations (FY 2014-2015)

Local/Regional Collaboratives: There are currently 54 local Great Start Collaboratives and 70 Parent Coalitions that encompass the entire state.

State Government Leadership

  • Governor Rick Snyder (R)
  • State Legislature: House and Senate (both Republican controlled)

Key State Document of Interest

The Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future report continues to provide the blueprint for the system work.