Lunch & Learn Program

Breaking through the Noise
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

Governor Whitmer’s FY25 budget recommendations are out. Join us as we discuss highlights of issues related to children and families with guest panelists from key policy areas. Learn how to catch the ear of lawmakers as the noisy campaign and election season heats up.

Guests: Frances Einterz, Senior Director of Early Childhood Equity Initiatives, The Policy Equity Group; Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network; Erica Willard, Executive Director, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children.


The True Cost of Care & the Child Care System Michigan Needs
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

Michigan’s Children is proud to host its first Lunch & Learn program of 2024 with a timely panel discussion on the “The True Cost of Care & the Child Care System Michigan Needs.” Building a child care system that works for families and the providers who care for our children is one of the most urgent public issues of our time. To discuss solutions to this critical crisis, we assembled a seasoned group of expert researchers, economists, and policy gurus. Watch the recording here.

Our panelists were: Sacha Klein, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, The Early Childhood Investment Corp. (ECIC); Brandy Jones Lawrence, Senior Analyst, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment/ Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, University of California; Amy Checkoway, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education & Care; Kathryn Anne Edwards, Economic Policy Consultant; Opinion Writer, Bloomberg; Adjunct Economist, RAND Corp.



Lunch & Learn Series 2023/2022/2021

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Michigan’s Early Childhood Workforce Crisis: The Way Forward
January 19, 2022

Looking Back at 2021 Policy Highlights and Investment Wins for Children & Families
December 15, 2021

Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers
December 16, 2020