1. COVID-19 Advocacy Action

COVID-19 Advocacy Action

The Michigan Legislature appointed a Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, made up of members from both parties and from both the House and Senate. The Committee is asking for our help. They are trying to gather stories from around the state to make sure they understand the impact of the pandemic. You can lend your voice, and the voice of children, youth, and families in your community to their efforts by sharing stories here. Find out if your legislator served on the committee and other things they have discussed here.

Michigan’s Children Covid-19 Advocacy Resources

We’ve been talking with our members of Congress almost every week, and you need to be talking with them too. Many children, youth, and family needs have not yet been addressed by COVID efforts in Washingon, DC, and we need to remind the people who represent our interests there what they need to be championing on our behalf. Click here to get information about how to get in touch with your Representative and Senators and sign up for communications from their offices. They are all holding tele-townhalls and making other opportunities to connect with constituents. Tell them what you know, and take a look at our resources below.

With many partner organizations and advocates within our state and national networks, Michigan’s Children has been working to connect decision-makers in Washington DC and Lansing to the needs of children, youth and families during this time of crisis, including:

  • Understanding the impact of the crisis on hundreds of parents and human services providers through our on-line survey, and other information gatherings, and continually sharing that understanding with Michigan decision-makers and the Michigan Congressional delegation.
  • Keeping informed about federal and state COVID-19 funding efforts.
  • Connecting with our network through email newsletters containing resources, information, and engagement opportunities.

As we continue to advocate directly to policymakers and Michigan influencers, we need you to remain digitally engaged as well. Use this page to find opportunities for your action with decision-makers from home, we will update it often.

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, and the Early On® Michigan Foundation need your help to ensure that the plans to resume home-based services are well informed. Parents and providers should join one of the Your Voice Matters virtual events.

The Education Trust-Midwest joined 11 partner organizations representing the education and civil rights communities to send a joint letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking to ensure that CARES Act funds are used to support our most vulnerable students. Sign the petition today.

The Michigan Association for Community and Adult Education is asking everyone to remind local, state, and federal leadership about the importance of Adult Education. Join them by sharing your stories by sending a letter to your elected officials. Link here.

The Community Engagement Subcommittee of the NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience) Collaborative wants to gauge the interest and understanding of their work in order to develop resources and good communication to improve their efforts. Take their short survey or contact Meghan Schmeltzer, MDHHS for more info.

MomsRising has a quick way for people to send a letter to their Congressperson in support of $50 billion for child care to cover the essential expenses of child care providers so we can preserve affordable, high-quality spots for working families. Send a letter here.

The Afterschool Alliance has a quick opportunity for people to send a letter to their Congressperson in support of direct funding for high-quality afterschool programs, which will be essential for helping students catch up with their learning, in addition to aid for the organizations that offer these programs through direct nonprofit aid and through child care funding. Send a letter here.