“Will this change the odds for Michigan’s children?”
It’s the most important question we ask ourselves
when we set our legislative priorities.

Michigan’s children, youth and families don’t have highly paid lobbyists or superPACs looking out for their best interests in Lansing or Washington, DC, but they DO have all of us.

Through PROVEN PLAYS for Strong Families, Ready Learners, Thriving Students, and Successful Transitions, Michigan’s Children works tirelessly toward our core policy principles:
  • Close equity gaps
  • Grow healthy minds
  • Listen to youth and families
  • Make government work
  • Support professionals
  • Build on progress

Proven Plays: Our Legislative Priorities

To know whether our policy priorities are meeting our mission, we evaluate how they stack up against our core policy principles. We’re sharing our current legislative priorities as a Playbook for Michigan’s Children, informed by the voices and experiences of young people, parents, and the professionals who support them.
playbook

Join us in making children and family policy issues
a priority for state and federal leaders.

Spotlight on Advocacy


Kinship caregivers need the support of the State. Relative Care Day at the Capitol is a chance for lawmakers to learn about the experiences, triumphs and challenges of  kinship families.

Alicia Guevara Warren, Director,
Kinship Care Resource Center,
School of Social Work, MSU


When I moved in with my aunt and uncle at 15, I was pretty much out of control. When I look back, there are so many memories I’m thankful for. It takes others to walk alongside you.

Brooke VanProoyen
Kinship Care Navigator
Raised by her aunt and uncle


When was the last time you sat down with 25 kids and asked them, ‘What’s keeping you from where you want to go?’ Usually, it’s lack of access to what it is they need.

Ted Duckett
Teacher and Coach
Loy Norrix H.S. Kalamazoo

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