Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids
Our newest Speaking for Kids bulletin includes another call to the Michigan Senate to finish key piece of legislation before the end of the year and an opportunity to weigh in on suspension and expulsion policy for kids in child care. It also offers a way to add critical questions to the upcoming presidential debates.
Finish Foster Care Improvements
The Michigan House passed bills that are a step in the right direction in addressing barriers faced by children, youth and families and improving their outcomes in the state’s foster care system. There is still time to get these bills through the Senate and to the Governor, but that has to happen before the end of the year.
Gov. Snyder signed a third grade reading bill, intended to support reading success in the early grades and improve Michigan’s success with this important benchmark. Michigan’s Children made sure that the role of parents and other caregivers were included and supported, and barriers to that involvement assessed and addressed.
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.