Approximately 6,000 early childhood advocates that included families, candidates and policymakers packed Michigan State University’s Breslin Center Aug. 26 for an exciting, noisy, event-filled day of celebration and education – the Sandbox Party Convention. Children’s advocates across the state have joined forces to create the Sandbox Party, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization that wants candidates to focus on a child’s first 1,000 days of life, the period most vital to development and future success.
Michigan’s youngest citizens and their families are the surest road to an economically vibrant Michigan. Providing knowledge about community resources, programs and educational opportunities paves this road. MSU Extension Breastfeeding Initiative and 4-H Cloverbud Program staff members were at the event engaging, sharing resources, and educating delegates and their young children. Sheilah Hebert, associate program leader, and Sheila Urban Smith, program leader, represented MSU Extension at the convention.