Education
9:55 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Michigan wins millions in early learning program money

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say Michigan has about 182,000 children that will benefit from $51.7 million in federal funding to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Michigan is one of six states announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition.

Governor Rick Snyder said in a statement "children will be much more successful in school if they have a solid foundation for learning."

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says about 182,000 children in Michigan ages 3 to kindergarten entry from low-income families will benefit. Michigan's proposal to the federal government included a number of goals aimed at helping children and families.

Winners were announced by the Education and Health and Human Services departments, which jointly administer the program.