Michigan Report Facilitation by Alliance Features Engagement Expertise

When the governor and department of human services director of Michigan announced, during a press conference on Feb. 27, a major reform initiative regarding the funding of child welfare statewide, they referenced a report facilitated with the assistance of the Alliance for Children and Families.

The report, a product of a diverse group of stakeholders, including Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance, concludes a “performance-based” funding model for child welfare in Michigan is both feasible and desirable.

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McKinney to Lead New Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building

New Leader Embraces Settlement House Values of Genuine Engagement That Produce Long-Lasting, Effective Change for People and Neighborhoods

The Alliance for Children and Families today announced that David McKinney will be director of the Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building at the Alliance, which was created when the Alliance united its national membership with the United Neighborhood Centers of America network in January 2014.

“David brings a deep belief in the values and approaches of the settlement house movement in our country. He also brings a strong sense of strategy and exceptional program management expertise to the Alliance network across the country. We are excited about David’s potential to make the Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building a driving force for amplifying the values of authentic engagement across fields and sectors,” said Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance.

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Sector Leaders Weigh In on Why Early Education Matters

As President Barack Obama noted in his recent State of the Union address, research indicates that high-quality early education is one of the best investments America can make. The Alliance for Children and Families commends Obama’s support for pre-k and, with and through its member network and other leaders in the sector, advocates for additional investments in quality early learning programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, and home visiting. … more

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