Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

Our newest Speaking for Kids bulletin gives the first look at how the Governor’s FY 18 budget proposal takes some good steps, and shows people throughout the state who care about kids how to make sure their legislators follow through on this promising start to the budget season and keep these and other critical provisions in the final budget over the next few months.

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Parents Earning;
Children Learning

Families need affordable, high quality child care for their young children and after‐school and summer learning opportunities for their school‐aged children while parents work. Yet too many families struggle with accessing high quality care that best meets their needs. Our latest Issue brief takes a look at needed reforms to improve Michigan’s child care system.

Read our child care Issue brief

Difficult Goodbyes

Mina Hong is leaving Michigan’s Children’s staff to lead critical work as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project Manager in the Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan. We are very sad to see her go, she has made an incredible impact on this organization in her time here, and are looking forward to seeing what remarkable things she does next.

Read Mina’s blog


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 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 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. Our emphasis is on influencing public policies that close equity gaps and ensure that the children and youth who face the most challenges have the supports they need to succeed in school and life. By working to reform public policy, we improve the odds for all children, and support the work of those who provide services that help individual children overcome the odds.

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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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