Rally urges lawmakers to increase funding for early childhood education

May 14, 2013

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A few thousand supporters of early childhood education are gathering at the State Capitol today.  

Participants in the annual "Star Power" rally will encourage state lawmakers to approve a proposed $130 million increase to the state budget for families-in-need who want to participate in Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program. Currently, the program can afford assistance for only about half of those eligible statewide.

The Michigan Sandbox Party is a nonpartisan coalition involved in early childhood issues and is organizing today’s rally.  Sandbox Party executive --and former state legislator -- Matt Gillard joins us to offer his perspectives.