Newest Issue of ‘Speaking for Kids’
This week’s ‘Speaking for Kids’ issue explores several public policy questions. It includes: a link to a new Budget Basics report on the Governor’s proposal for FY2016 spending on education; a WKAR interview with Matt Gillard on the concerns in the latest Kids Count report; and threats to federal funding for expanded learning program.
Kids Count Data:
Child Poverty Grows
The annual 2015 Kids Count Data Book was released on Feb. 19th, showing child poverty grew by 35 percent in Michigan from 2006-2012. View the report for important county- and community-level data on child well-being. Use it to talk to your elected officials about issues that matter to you and your community.
KidSpeak Focuses on Foster Care
Testimony from young people currently and formerly served by Michigan’s foster care system was heard by key decision makers on January 26th at the 2nd annual Oakland County KidSpeak. As a result, state legislators are already working to improve the foster care system based on what they heard.
We can make change happen. We can use local and state level policy advocacy to improve our communities. By joining us in the fight for public policies made in the best interest of the most challenged children, youth and families; we can ensure that all children have the supports they need to succeed in school and in life.
Michigan’s Children identifies opportunities to influence public policies on behalf of children who face the most challenges in life – children from low-income families; children of color; and children, youth and families shouldering other challenging circumstances. This includes immediate opportunities to influence public policy debates as well as long-term opportunities to shift the conversations taking place in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
Who We Are
Michigan’s Children works to inform you on issues that policymakers are debating and provide active and immediate ways for you to get involved in public policy debates affecting children, youth and their families.