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Toddlers at Erie Neighborhood House

What Michigan can learn from Chicago about growing early childhood education

Focus on quality in early childhood education is growing. What lessons can Michigan learn about building strong early learning environments that support vibrant communities? And how quickly can we get there?

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Michigan Nightlight Voices: Reading saved my life

One Detroit teacher describes what reading did for him as a youth, and how he wants to impart that same gift to his students.

Norma Heath in her kitchen, where kids come to use her laptop.

Bridging Detroit's massive digital divide

38 percent of Detroiters, and 63 percent of its low-income residents, have no home broadband. But people and organizations are helping Detroiters access the internet, and teaching them how to use it.

Kids at Lil Brilliant Mindz

The first school: expanding access to quality daycare in Detroit

Quality childcare benefits Detroit’s working parents today, as well as the workforce of tomorrow. Claire Charlton looks at the importance of daycare and early childhood education, and efforts to expand access in the city. 

Lucy Carnaghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods

Higher wages and split tips: Working for fair pay in the Detroit service industry

The tipping system is the cheapest, easiest legal way for restaurateurs to maintain a staff, but it also has unfortunate side-effects for that same staff. Some in the service industry, however, are rethinking the tip. 
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Hamtramck's (revolver) restaurant might just blow your underpants off

A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun.
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