Video Blogs


May 8, 2015 – The Defeat of Proposal 1: What Happens Next?
Matt Gillard, President & CEO of Michigan’s Children, addresses the defeat of Proposal 1, and how Michigan’s Children will monitor alternative proposals to fund the state’s roads while working to ensure that important programs and services for children and families are preserved.

February 27, 2015 – ‘Through the Eyes of Children’
The Sandbox Party has joined the Safe Roads Yes coalition to advocate for promoting a “yes” vote on the May 5 statewide ballot initiative. Matt Gillard explains why Sandbox sees this as an opportunity to increase support for programs for education and children, particularly vulnerable children.

February 12, 2015 – Gillard Discusses Snyder’s FY2016 Budget Plan
Michigan’s Children President & CEO Matt Gillard digs into Governor Rick Snyder’s FY2016 budget proposals in this video blog.

February 9, 2015 – President Obama’s 2016 Budget
CEO Matt Gillard comments on President Obama’s FY 2016 budget address and says he’s encouraged the President is looking at children’s issues – such as child care tax credits and child care block grant funding – through a “two generation lens.” Listen to Matt’s analysis of the President’s budget plan in his newest video blog.

January 26, 2015 – Children and the State of the State Message
Matt Gillard, Michigan’s Children’s president and CEO, takes close, child-focused look at Gov. Rick Snyder’s fifth State of the State address which includes a plan to merge the departments of Community Health and Human Services, touches on third grade scores and references a state budget deficit. Listen to Matt’s analysis here.

January 14, 2015  – Lawmakers Want to Hear from You
The 2015 Legislative session is now underway and it’s a good time to reach out to your lawmakers to introduce yourself and share your priorities. Before big decisions are made, contact your lawmakers and tell them that you expect them to make children and families a top priority, says CEO Matt Gillard. “Their job is to represent you and in order to do that effectively they need to hear from you,” he says.


November 17, 2014 – Michigan’s Children’s Expanded Learning

October 29, 2014 – Care about Kids? Vote Nov. 4
October 24, 2014 – Voting is Incredibly Important for Kids and Families. On Nov. 4 the public will vote for the next governor of Michigan and entire Legislature (House and Senate).

August 11, 2014 – Needed: A Cradle-to-Career Strategy
In this video blog, Matt Gillard discusses the importance of addressing candidates on four of the most impactful policy areas for children, youth and families. It’s critical that candidates heading into the general elections understand how a strong cradle-to-career strategy helps Michigan families and communities thrive.

June 25, 2014 – Voting in Primaries Real Thing
As we travel the Campaign Trail for Michigan’s Children, we stop in to talk to Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who offers her insights into the importance of voting in primary elections.

June 17, 2014 – Michigan’s Children’s New Website