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Learn the Issues

We’ve learned a lot from children, youth and families on the issues they face. Our election briefs explain those issues, the role of lawmakers in finding solutions, and offer sample candidates question. Share them with friends and candidates!

Child Care Matters
Families Matter
Foster Care Matters
Learning Matters
Mental Health Matters

Teen and Parent-Led Candidate Forums

We believe that when young people and parents share their stories and define issues from their points of view, both voters and candidates learn to see issues from a new perspective. See where we’ve been so far!

If you’re interested in hosting a youth-led or parent-led for candidates in your local general election, let us know how we can help!

Learn about Voting and Candidates

You know the issues. But do you know where you can vote in November? Do you know about the candidates who are vying for your vote this November? Check here for critical voting information and some key nonpartisan resources for information about candidates


Why This



The 2018 election will impact public policy and investment in Michigan for years to come. We are electing a new Governor for the first time in eight years, and voting for every member of the Michigan House and Senate. On the federal level, one Senator and every member of our Congressional Delegation, including several open seats, are on the ballot too. The best way to advocate in our community and around the state this fall is to learn about who is running to represent us, make sure they know what matters to children, youth, and families, and then to vote.

Who We Are

Michigan’s Children is the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families. Our emphasis is on influencing public policies that close equity gaps and ensure that the children and youth who face the most challenges have the supports they need to succeed in school and life. The Sandbox Party is our project to engage voters and candidates during the campaign season because it’s time for our lawmakers to get their hands dirty for children, youth, and families.

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