Post-Election Work for Young Families
With the elections behind us and the voters choosing a decidedly more conservative Legislature, now is the time to ramp up our efforts to educate newly elected officials on issues that matter to Michigan families. With our state’s historic preschool funding, Sr. Policy Associate Mina Hong blogs about the opportunity to build upon that momentum to better serve young families with infants and toddlers.
Michigan’s Children is highlighting four key issues this election season — one being on expanded learning. Today, more than ever, students need more time and more ways to learn so that they can master skills necessary for college and career, and struggling kids need more support to catch up and stay on track.
Multi-generation strategies are essential to help children thrive while their parents move ahead, and are essential to the economic prosperity of our state. One innovative program in Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties is doing just that. The Life Guides Program, an initiative of the Goodwill Industries of Southwestern MI, is investing in families long-term to ensure they have the appropriate services and skills to thrive.
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 the most challenged children, youth and families; 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 shouldering other challenging circumstances. 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.