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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

Youth, Parent-Led Candidate Forums

Our 2018 youth-led and parent-led candidate forums allowed candidates across the state to hear about the many issues that matter to children, youth and families. To remedy this, we are conducting a series of nonpartisan forums in different areas of the state led by youth and parents asking the important questions to Michigan candidates.

See what happened at our 2018 candidate forums!

Key Voter Information

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 more nonpartisan resources for information about candidates and issues.


Take The


We are pledging to make it as easy as possible for people like you – parents, family members, neighbors, teachers, health care and other service providers, business and faith leaders – to raise their voices with newly elected officials from November until the end of this legislative session, and we need you to join us.
Take the 2019 Advocate Pledge Today!

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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