March 31, 2017

State and Federal Budgets Moving Forward

The Michigan Legislature will be home for the next two weeks, and our Congressional Delegation will be home for a couple of weeks in April as well, giving us lots of time and lots of opportunities to talk with them.  With state and federal budget conversations continuing to move forward with opportunities and risks for children, youth and families, it is important to lend our expertise to the conversation.  

Read Matt's recent Capitol Corner.​

Making Hay While Policymakers are Home

With state and federal policymakers making decisions right now about how our public dollars are invested, it is a critical time to make sure that your elected officials understand what is important to children, youth, and families in their communities.  Michigan's Children is has been working with them too, with specific state budget recommendations on child care, at-risk funding, foster care, and early literacy and family literacy supports.  While they are home on break, let's make sure they hear from us.  

Find out more on our Prioritizing in State and Federal Budgets page.

Moving Michigan Education Into the Top 10

As we've talked about before, Superintendent Whiston has framed the work of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) around the goal to become Top 10 Education State in the next 10 years, well now about the next 8... Over the next couple of months, the MDE is holding Innovation Roadshow stops around the state and is asking for participation from local and intermediate school district leaders, and community, business and higher education partners to attend.  They are looking for discussion about current flexibility and innovative practices leading Michigan toward Top 10 goals.  

Learn more about MDE's Top 10 in 10 plans
Learn where and when you can get more involved in the conversation.
Take a look at Michigan's Children's Top 10 in 10 recommendations.

Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
Catch elected officials when they are in the district.  It is the best time to invite them to see your great programs and meet their informed constituents.​

 Direct Quote

"We want [child care providers] to get to the next star... we gave increases based on the stars."

-- Sen. Geoff Hansen
re: using the QRIS in child care budget recommendations

Staff Blogs

Michele Corey: Reading and Parenting in March 

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