Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids
Michigan’s Children hosted a special FamilySpeak featuring caregivers in the child welfare system at the state Capitol recently. Read what families had to say at the forum, plus news on the third grade reading bill, a new national movement for kids, and the ESEA in the latest Speaking for Kids e-bulletin.
A Focus on 3rd Grade Reading
H.B. 4822, focused on improving third grade reading proficiency, has passed out of the House Education Policy Committee after several weeks of testimony. Michigan’s Children provided testimony to the Education Policy Committee with recommendations to strengthen the read-at-home component from a two-generation perspective.
A Step Ahead or
A Step Behind
Our latest Speaking for Kids blog provides a reflection from VP Michele Corey on her family’s Mackinac Bridge walk on Labor Day and the first day of school. Specifically, she discusses the 6,000 hour learning gap and the need for more expanded learning opportunities so that all students can begin the new school year a step ahead.
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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.
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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.