Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: The debate over how to spend millions of new dollars for Michigan’s youngest children

Good morning!

It’s not often that states suddenly get an unexpected windfall of federal dollars to spend on young children so it’s no surprise that the arrival of $63 million in new child care funds has generated a bit of excitement.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants the money for a universal pre-K program in Detroit that would enable every city four-year old to go to preschool for free. Others want the money to help more Michigan families benefit from child care subsidies.

My story yesterday breaks down the debate, which we’ll be following in the coming weeks. Scroll down for more on that, plus the rest of this morning’s headlines. And have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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WINDFALL Advocates are hoping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will drop some guidance on her plans for federal child care funds in her first State of the State address next week. What she says could offer important insight into how she plans to approach the needs of young children in Michigan, whether that means focusing on certain cities or prioritizing the needs of four year-olds versus those of younger children. Chalkbeat

FOR-PROFIT CHARTERS A Democratic bill in the legislature would prohibit charter schools from hiring for-profit management companies. It’s an effort that two pro-charter news organizations say would be harmful to some top-performing schools. Detroit News CapCon

POETRY Fifteen high school seniors from Detroit will compete next week in a poetry slam in hopes of winning $50,000 in scholarships from the Detroit Pistons. Michigan Chronicle

HAMILTON This group of Detroit high school students will get to see the musical Hamilton and meet the cast when the show comes to town. Fox2