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.
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.
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.
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.