Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids
In the newest Speaking for Kids e-bulletin, we report on the $28 million state budget bill heading to Flint with new funds for Early On services. Also read about our continued work to promote recommendations for becoming a top 10 education state, the Office of Great Start’s need for feedback on child care concerns, and action on federal support for nutrition for kids in child care.
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.
Every Student Succeeds Act
The Every Student Succeeds Act is now law, redefining the federal government’s role in education and the funding that can be appropriated to fulfill that role. This scenario sets up the need for informed and active advocates in state and local decision-making, writes Michele Corey in her latest blog, The ESSA Needs Our Help to Make Every Student Succeed.
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.