Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

Gov. Snyder presented his 2017 state budget plan to a joint Legislative panel with a major emphasis on spending for Flint, including state dollars for Early On, and the debt-laden Detroit Public Schools.  Read more about what’s in the Governor’s proposal for children, youth and families across the state, plus an update on the State Board of Education’s plans for improving public schools in our latest e-bulletin.

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Moms’ Mental Health Matter

New federal recommendations to screen  pregnant and postpartum women for depression makes perfect sense for advocates who understand the impact that maternal depression has on child well-being.  Mina’s latest Speaking for Kids blog highlights the importance of the parent-child relationship and how Michigan can better support maternal mental health for optimal child outcomes.

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Follow State      Budget  Action

As the state’s 2017 budget deliberations unfold at the Capitol, Michigan’s Children will be paying close attention and weighing in with priorities in the best interest of children, youth and families. Keep up on debates that matter most to you and your family by following our reports now appearing under the Policy Opportunities tab / Prioritization in State and Federal Budgets.

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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.

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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.

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