Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids
Read the newest Speaking for Kids e-bulletin for a Capitol Corner update on the continuing road saga in Lansing and how spending could impact families. Also: Making Michigan a comeback state for education, and what youth from foster care say about unemployment opportunities at a recent KidSpeak forum.
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.
Trauma & School Discipline
Our latest Speaking for Kids blog highlights the renewed focus on reducing school suspension and expulsion rates, how this conversation has expanded to discipline issues in early childhood settings, and how new focus on adverse childhood experiences and trauma leads us to solutions that can prevent aggressive behaviors by focusing on supporting families.
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 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.