PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: July 14, 2005
Child Development Center expects grant for at-risk children
Development Center (CDC) on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn
is likely to receive a $39,600 grant from the Michigan
Department of Education's Michigan
School Readiness Program (MSRP) to fund tuition for at-risk children
who would like to attend the CDC's preschool program.
Four-year-old children who may be at risk of becoming educationally disadvantaged
or who exhibit special needs will be eligible for the grant.
"Studies conducted by High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
have shown that children who are at risk and participate in quality preschool
programs are better prepared upon entering school and continue to show
academic progress five years later," according to Deborah Jones,
CDC education coordinator.
The grant will allow 12 children per year to attend the CDC program for
four half-day sessions per week free of charge. To qualify for the grant,
children must exhibit at least two of 25 risk factors as defined by the
state Board of Education. The majority of the children have low income
as one risk factor. Other factors include low birth weight and parental
substance abuse or addiction.
Priority for participation in the grant program will be given to student,
staff and faculty families.
Scholarships are offered during the Fall and Winter terms to help defray
tuition costs for current CDC families. The CDC applied for the MSRP grant
as part of its continuing efforts to make the CDC program available for
families who are in financial need.
To be eligible for the grant, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1.
For more information about the MSRP grant, contact the Child Development
Center at (313) 593-5424.