Inside a brightly lit ballroom in East Lansing last week, hundreds of early childhood educators from around the state sat at circular tables for an annual strategy meeting.
Usually, it’s a meeting to talk about how to get politicians to pay attention to preschool.
But this year, it was clear the politicians are already paying attention.
Susan Broman, the leader of the state’s Great Start Readiness Program, stood at the podium and summed up what many people in the room were feeling.
"Early childhood’s time has come," she said.