October 28, 2014

Dear Early Childhood Supporter,

Welcome to Michigan's Children's Early Childhood Action Network. We are using this network to provide timely information on a variety of topics related to early childhood issues in Michigan, with a focus on race equity and how early childhood is critical to the cradle to career continuum of child development, education, and economic success. If you have any questions about the information provided, please feel free to contact me. I welcome your input.

In this issue:

  • Are You Prepared to Vote?
  • Michigan's Children Focuses on Two-Generation Strategies
  • Latest Speaking for Kids Staff Blogs

Are You Prepared to Vote?

In one week, Michigan citizens will vote in a historic election for our state where we will be voting for the next Michigan governor, entire state Legislature, one U.S. Senate seat, and multiple Congressional seats.  Watch this short video of our President & CEO Matt Gillard describing why people who care about kids should head to the polls. 
Still not sure who you'll be voting for?  Learn more about the candidates running for public office on our Sandbox Party website.  We've highlighted statewide candidates in addition to competitive Congressional and State Senate and House races.  I also recommend you take a look at a sample ballot so you know exactly what you'll see when you head to the polls next week.  You can find that by visiting the Secretary of State website.

Remember, voting precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and absentee ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Nov. 4th voting day.


Michigan's Children Focuses on Two-Generation Strategies

This year, Michigan's Children hosted our first ever FamilySpeak forums -- one at the MI Association for Community and Adult Education (MACAE) annual conference and another at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) annual conference.  These FamilySpeak forums focused on two-generation strategies - programs that take into account the needs of both parents and their kids so that children thrive while parents move ahead in life.  The MACAE FamilySpeak highlighted the Life Guides Program in Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties, while the NBCDI FamilySpeak highlighted multiple programs in Detroit and Wayne County that serve families utilizing a two-generation approach.  NBCDI also featured an essay on two-generation policy strategies by our President & CEO Matt Gillard in their annual Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor publication. 

Michigan's Children will continue to utilize this important framework as we pursue public policies that better support Michigan's most challenged children, youth and families.  If you would like your two-generation program to be highlighted by Michigan's Children in future FamilySpeak forums, please contact me.


Latest Speaking for Kids Staff Blogs

Mina Hong
Senior Policy Associate


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