Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

Our latest Speaking for Kids e-bulletin includes a Capitol Corner update on why budget advocacy needs to happen year-round, particularly as the Legislature continues to explore road funding solutions.  Plus, see how Michigan fares in the latest National Kids Count Data Book, and how ESEA Reauthorization could impact equity.

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Federal Spending
on Children

Our partners at First Focus released their annual Children’s Budget report that shows that spending on children, youth and family programs continues to hover around 8% of the overall federal budget.  What does this mean in our state?  Learn about Michigan’s reliance on federal funding to support key equity strategies in our Budget Basics report.

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FY2016 Budget for Children & Youth

The Legislature and Governor finalized the state budget for fiscal year 2016.  While the budget includes new important investments that will improve educational equity, it continues to fall short in supporting families with the most challenges.  Get the details on how the budget will impact young children, youth, and their families in our Budget Basics reports.

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Why Get


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 children, youth and families with the most challenges; 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 served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 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 is the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families. Our emphasis is on influencing public policies that close equity gaps and ensure that the children and youth who face the most challenges have the supports they need to succeed in school and life. By working to reform public policy, we improve the odds for all children, and support the work of those who provide services that help individual children overcome the odds.

Take Action

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.

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