Making Kids Count in Elections

The National KIDS COUNT Data Book was released this week, with Michigan posting unacceptable rankings compared to other states, including 32nd overall, and 38th in education. Michele blogs about why these ranks must matter to candidates for office in the primary and general elections this year.

Read our recent blogs
Read our Kids Count Fact Sheet
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Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget

Our Budget Basics publications provide overviews on how the final FY2015 budget will impact young children, youth, and equitable outcomes for Michigan’s most challenged children and families. Now we must ask candidates how they plan to spend our money if elected into office.

Visit the Budget Basics library

Read our blog on the budget and the elections

Your Input Needed on 0-3

In partnership with other state-level advocates, Michigan’s Children is seeking your input to help identify priority issues related to the needs of our youngest residents birth through age three. Though some survey sections may not be your areas of expertise, we appreciate you taking the time to provide your input on the sections you are expert or passionate about.

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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 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 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.  We focus on influencing public policies that can reduce disparities in child outcomes such as the academic achievement gap.

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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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