Get Involved: Time to Speak up for Home Visiting and MIECHV
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Noon – 1 pm
Join us at noon Wednesday, August 17th for a special advocacy training on Home Visiting sponsored by Michigan’s Children and the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health and Think Babies Michigan. We will explore home visiting services with a panel of providers and parents; advocacy tips and advice for speaking out in support of federal- and state-funded home visiting programs; and an update on federal funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, known as MIECHV. This program will be moderated by Michigan’s Children President & CEO Matt Gillard and the Council’s Executive Director Amy Zaagman.
Get the Latest on the 2023 State Budget Deal: What Michigan’s Children’s Pundits Know so Far
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
With the July recess looming, where are state legislative negotiations on the state budget now? Hear Matt Gillard and the policy pundits at Michigan’s Children tell us what there is to know so far. Where are top negotiators on a tax cut this year? How will it affect revenues, and spending for programs and services needed by our state’s children and families? Is a settlement on the state budget starting Oct. 1, 2022 upon us, or still a long way’s off? So many questions! Drop in and ask your questions.
Will Election-Year Tax Cut Fever Derail Needed Investments in State’s Kids?
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Thank you for attending our Lunch & Learn program, “Will Election-Year Tax Cut Fever Derail Needed Investments in State’s Kids?’’ with special guests, Rachel Richards, fiscal policy director for the Michigan League for Public Policy, and Mitch Bean, former director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. We hope you found the information and discussion enlightening. Please take a look at our program resources below, and come back next month for another program related to advocacy for Michigan’s children, youth and families.
Where are we now? Budget Negotiations Get Serious (PowerPoint)
Where are we now? Budget Negotiations Get Serious (Program recording)
Key Take-Away Points, Lunch & Learn Program, May 2022 (PDF)
‘Are the Kids Alright?’ Exploring Children’s Mental Health in Michigan
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Thank you for attending our April Lunch and Learn program, “Are the Kids Alright?’’ Exploring Children’s Mental Health in Michigan. We are sincerely grateful to our guest panelists who represented a diverse and accomplished panel of mental health professionals, advocates and practitioners from the field of children’s mental health from infancy to school-age. We appreciate their work and commitment to children. They included:
- Kae Dubay, Parent Representative, Early On Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council;
- Mary Mackrain, Consultant, MDHHS Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program;
- Renee Topolski, Deputy Director, School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan;
- Danielle Rice, Workforce Development Specialist, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health;
- Rylee Tuggle, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Author of “The Trusted Trio” on childhood trauma.
‘Are the Kids Alright?’ Exploring Children’s Mental Health in Michigan (PowerPoint)
‘Are the Kids Alright?’ Exploring Children’s Mental Health in Michigan (Program recording)
42nd Biennial Virtual Conference/Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (PDF)
What Advocates Need to Know about this Year’s Tax Plans and the State Budget
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Thank you for attending our March Lunch & Learn program on the various tax reform proposals in debate in Lansing and how they (and affected revenues) could impact your advocacy opportunities for advancing issues for children, youth and families. We’re are especially grateful to our guest presenters for making this an informative program: Jametta Lilly, CEO, Detroit Parent Network; Molly Trueblood, Associate Director of Community Impact, the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo; and Lou Glazer, President & Founder of Future Michigan, Inc., which leading a statewide advocacy campaign to expand the EITC.
What Advocates Need to Know: Tax Plans and the State Budget (PowerPoint)
What Advocates Need to Know: Tax Plans and the State Budget (Program recording)
Navigating Tax Reform in Michigan: How Current Proposals Would Affect Working Families (PDF)
Sign On: Oppose Misguided State Tax Cuts (PDF)
EITC Fact Sheet (Michigan Future, Inc.) (PDF)
Sample Taxpayer Impacts, Changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (PDF)
The FY23 State Budget Process: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Thank you for attending our February Lunch & Learn when we took a deep dive into Governor Whitmer’s $74.1 billion budget proposal, examining the wins and missed opportunities for children, youth and families. We particularly appreciate the great conversation prompted by audience questions, and are grateful to our presenters, Matt Gillard, Bobby Dorigo Jones and Madeline Elliott. If you weren’t able to attend, find a recording and shared resources below.
- A recording of The FY23 State Budget Process: What You Need to Know.
- The program’s PowerPoint.
- Budget Basics: Michigan Governor’s FY23 Budget Proposal: Key Wins and Missed Opportunities for Children, Youth, and Families.
- Advocates Guide to the Michigan State Budget Process in 2022.
We welcome feedback or suggestions for future Lunch & Learn programs. Contact email@example.com.
Michigan’s Early Childhood Workforce Crisis:
The Way Forward
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
Thank you for attending our January Lunch & Learn program presented with Think Babies Michigan. A recording of the one-hour program, Michigan’s Early Childhood Workforce Crisis: The Way Forward is also available in the resources area.
We’re thankful for our dynamic panelists:
- Dr. Ericka Taylor, Executive Director of Early Childhood, Saginaw Intermediate School District; Co-Chair, Think Babies Michigan Cross-Sector Workforce Strategies Workgroup.
- Tricia Grifka, Director of Early Childhood Services, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, (Head Start, Early Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program).
- Susan Clark, Supervisor of Early Childhood, Calhoun ISD; Member, Think Babies Michigan Home Visiting Workgroup;
- Cara Sutliffe, Parent leader/Co-Chair, Think Babies Michigan Home Visiting Workgroup.
- Michael Evans, Director of the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, working with Edison Neighborhood Career Pathway in Kalamazoo; ECIC Child Care Innovation Fund Grantee.
- A recording of Michigan’s Early Childhood Workforce Crisis: The Way Forward.
- A copy of the PPT can be found here.
- “Confronting Michigan’s Early Childhood Workforce Crisis,” a report created in partnership with the Michigan League for Public Policy and Think Babies Michigan.
- View an upcoming program on the Early Childhood Workforce Crisis on the MLPP’s “Yeas and Nays” program this Friday, Jan. 21. Recordings found at: https://www.facebook.com/MichLeague/live_videos
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Join Fellow Statewide Advocates for a Michigan’s Children
Lunch & Learn Program:
Looking Back at 2021
Policy Highlights and Investment Wins for Children & Families
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
2021 has been one of the most consequential years in recent history with historic investments in children, youth and families and public policy accomplishments. Join the staff of Michigan’s Children – and key partners working on behalf of the state’s children, youth and families – as we recap the year in policy wins around early childhood, youth transitions, and adult skill building.
We’ll highlight notable funding areas and underscore where advocates and providers can be engaged in their spheres of influence. We will also highlight what we’re watching for as we turn the page into a new year. Questions/comments from participants are encouraged!
The following resources might be helpful:
The State of Afterschool in Michigan: Critical Programming for Children and Families
Nov. 17, 2021
Thank you for attending the November 2021 Lunch and Learn: The State of Afterschool in Michigan. We appreciated the dialogue on current challenges and opportunities facing providers. It was also important to focus on emerging trends as we turn the corner into a new year and key statewide and federal investments around after-school programming.
Thank you to our expert panel for sharing their professional experiences on what are the most pressing issues facing out of school time providers:
- Brian Puffer, Director of Community Education, Saline Area Schools
- Erin Skene-Pratt, Executive Director, Michigan Afterschool Partnership
- Rebecca Idzikowski, Projet Director, 21st CCLC SPARKS
The following resources might be helpful:
Have a question about this month’s Lunch and Learn? Please email Patrick Brown at email@example.com.
Lunch and Learn: What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children & Youth
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Thank you for attending our October program, “What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children & Youth.” We’re grateful to our special guests, Sheryl Goldberg, Executive Director for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and Meg Blinkiewicz, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network, for joining us and offering their expertise on advocating for children. And thank you to our moderator and panelist, Patrick Brown, executive director of the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education. If you missed the program or would like to revisit it, here’s a link to a recording of the conversation!
Budget Basics: Next Steps for Investment in Michigan
Sept. 29, 2021
Thank you for attending the September 2021 Lunch and Learn: Budget Basics. Our team stands ready to assist you with any additional questions you may have around the State Budget.
Please see our full Budget Basics Debrief found here.
Have a question about a priority area in the budget? Please email Patrick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Know: Parsing Advocacy vs. Lobbying
August 18, 2021
Thank you for attending our August Lunch and Learn! With our guest panel of leading nonprofit advocates working for children, youth and families, we had a rich discussion on how to approach advocating for the issues and people you care about without fear of crossing over into lobbying.
We greatly appreciate the panel of experts who joined us to share their experiences and insights:
- Judy Reidt-Parker, Director of the National Policy Team at Start Early (formerly the Ounce).
- Karie Ward, Executive Director, Fostering Success Michigan.
- Regina Suitt, President-Elect and Public Policy Chair, Coalition on Adult Basic Education.
Elevate your Advocacy by Expanding your Social Media Reach
June 16, 2021
Thank you for attending our May Lunch and Learn. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn for experts on how to maximize your social media platforms to reach diverse audiences and policymakers.
A special “thank you” to our esteemed panelists of moderators:
- Elishia “Jayye” Johnson, Director of Communications for Mothering Justice;
- John Karasinski, Director of Communications for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association;
- Elle Meyers, Michigan Capitol Neighborhood Reporter, Fox 47-TV News in Lansing, and
- Ty Forquer, Strategy Assistant in Strategic Engagement, Michigan College Access Network.
Click here to access a recording of the session!
“Policymaking and the Power of Sharing Lived Experiences”
May 19, 2021
Thank you for attending the May Lunch and Learn. We hope you had a rich learning experience with expert tips on how to engage the populations you work with in your advocacy work. Raising their voices is so important. Special thanks to our panel speakers:
- Christy Callahan, Director, Office of Innovative Projects, Clinton County RESA; and President, Early On Michigan Foundation
- Oogie La Mar, Director, Kent ISD Adult Education; and Advocacy Chairperson and Government Relations Liaison, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education.
- Nolana Nobles, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Capital Area Community Services
- Michele Strasz, Executive Director, Capital Area College Access Network
Click here to access a recording of the video.
“Crafting Effective Testimony with Storytelling: How to Put Your Policy Ask into Action”
April 21, 2021
April 21, 2021 – Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s April 2021 Lunch and Learn program. We appreciate your continued support! In particular, we thank our guest speakers, Ben Moe, president of the Michigan Network for Youth and Families, and Jacqueline, a youth from the Network who shared her experiences in telling her story.
- 5-Question Outline for Influencing Change (Youth Summit) (PDF)
- 10 Steps for Telling Your Story (PDF)
- Framing Stories for Change (Frameworks Institute)
- The lunch and learn slides. and recording.
“Prepping for Policymakers: Advocates Discuss Developing ‘Your Ask’ and Framing Your Message”
March 17, 2021
Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s March 2021 Lunch and Learn Series. We so appreciated the rich discussion and contributions from our panelists. Our thanks again to our terrific panelists:
- Asia Canady, Policy Specialist, Start Early
- Maha Makki, Advocacy Co-Chair, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
- Fran Talsma, Executive Director, State Alliance/YMCA
“The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families”
February 16, 2021
On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, thank you for attending our February 2021 Lunch and Learn: “The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families.”
Whether you attended or not, though, please use the resources shared during the Lunch & Learn to learn more about strengthening your advocacy skills during the budget process.
- Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
- Access a full recording of the program.
- Learn who to talk to about your issues on our Contact Policymakers page. Find links to state lawmakers serving on key committees impacting children, youth and family issues in the state legislature.
How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue”
January 20, 2021
On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, we would like to thank you for attending our January 2021 Lunch and Learn: How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue.
Please find below the resources we shared. Thank you to our panel of experts for their generous contributions:
- Deb Frisbie, Policy and Advocacy Group Co-Lead, Kinship Care Coalition of Michigan
- Erica Willard, Executive Directors, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
- Sarah Plachta Elliott, Executive Director, Youth Development Resource Center (Detroit)
- Patrick Brown, Director, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
- Matt Gillard, President, and CEO, Michigan’s Children
- Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
- Watch a brief recap of the “How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue” program.
- You can access a full recording of the program.
- MACAE, the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, has shared several resources including a sample Advocacy Talking Points and a sample Legislative Engagement Timeline.
- Additionally, Michigan’s Children website is always a great resource. You can use it to explore policymaker contact information, committee assignments, etc. Visit our website here: Contact Policymakers
- How to Develop an Advocacy Plan
- 2020 MI Senate Standing Committees
- 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services Committee
- 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Michigan Department of Education
Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great
Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers
December 16, 2020
Thanks to so many of you for attending our inaugural December 2020 Lunch and Learn event held on Wednesday, December 16: “Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers”.