January 27, 2015

Gillard Examines Governor’s SOS from Children’s Perspective     

Michigan’s Children’s President and CEO Matt Gillard takes a close, child-focused look at Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. While many details of the Governor’s priorities won’t become known until he releases his budget recommendations next month, there is cause for hope, Gillard said.  Watch Matt’s video blog to learn where there may be opportunities for making progress for children’s issues despite budget challenges this year.

KidSpeak Brings Young People in Foster Care, Policymakers Together

Testimony from young people currently and formerly served by Michigan’s foster care system was heard by three dozen local, state and federal elected officials, and other key decision makers on January 26th at the 2nd annual Oakland County KidSpeak.  The forum provided an opportunity for young people to highlight needed changes to Michigan’s foster care system, which serves 13,500 children.  Read our news release on the forum, read our Issue brief on this topic, and see a recap of the conversation on Twitter at #OCKidSpeak2015.

Michigan's Children Supports Early On


One of Michigan’s Children’s priorities in the upcoming state budget is improved support for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and other conditions that can make future learning more challenging.  To urge support for Early On, President/CEO Matt Gillard and Senior Policy Associate Mina Hong (both far right) visited with Lt. Governor Brian Calley (center). Also attending were (from left) Christy Callahan of the Early On Michigan Foundation and Vanessa Winborne of the Michigan Department of Education.  Learn more about Early On.

Sandbox Party Focuses on Children and Families in State's May 5 Ballot Proposal

The Sandbox Party has found a home at Michigan’s Children and has refocused its work on election advocacy.  In upcoming months, the Michigan’s Children Sandbox Party website will provide election-specific information and commentary on the statewide May 5 ballot proposal for raising the state’s sales tax by one cent to fix state roads and bridges, which also bring changes to education funding and the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit. Stay tuned for more. 
Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
Building relationships with your elected officials is key to becoming an effective advocate.  How else will they know how to represent you?  Find out who represents you and how to get in touch with them in the Citizen’s Guide to State Government.  

More info about key legislative committees in the next bulletin.
Direct Quotes

“First of all, we need to put a stronger, a much stronger focus on what I described as pre-natal through 3rd grade (P-3).”
     -- Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State, 2015
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