Even before the global pandemic and its impact on public health and the economy, the early childhood workforce in child care, home visiting and early intervention programs has struggled due to being underpaid and undervalued. We address the need to prioritize making greater public investments for building and shoring up the workforce in Michigan and better serve the working families who rely on them. With panelists drawn from each sector in the workforce, we discuss the struggles in attracting and retaining a viable early childhood workforce and solutions for remedying those struggles. There will be a call to act encouraging ways to get involved in advocating for change. This month's Lunch & Learn program is sponsored by Michigan's Children and Think Babies Michigan.
Dr. Ericka Taylor, Executive Director of Early Childhood, Saginaw Intermediate School District; Co-Chair, Think Babies Michigan Cross-Sector Workforce Strategies Workgroup
Trisha Grifka, Director of Early Childhood Services, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, (Head Start, Early Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program)
Susan Clark, Supervisor of Early Childhood, Calhoun ISD; Member, Think Babies Michigan Home Visiting Workgroup
Cara Sutliffe, Parent leader/Co-Chair, Think Babies Michigan Home Visiting Workgroup
Michael Evans, Director of the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, working with Edison Neighborhood Career Pathway in Kalamazoo; ECIC Child Care Innovation Fund Grantee