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.

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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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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.

Read Mina’s blog


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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