kids count http://michiganradio.org en Our future is tied to our kids' future, and a new report shows that doesn't look good http://michiganradio.org/post/our-future-tied-our-kids-future-and-new-report-shows-doesnt-look-good <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">You have to give </span>Detroiters<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> a lot of credit.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">They voted, by </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">overwhelming margins, to accept major cuts to their pensions. </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1ff40f5-5e99-a3ba-89a9-c12c7c8c0d91" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">In what was most surprising, nearly 90% of city retirees also </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">voted to give up 90% of their health care benefits. </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1ff40f5-5e99-a3ba-89a9-c12c7c8c0d91" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">They voted to make sacrifices in their old age to give their city a </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">chance at a future, something that we should find pretty admirable.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1ff40f5-5e99-a3ba-89a9-c12c7c8c0d91" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Now, granted, they had a gun to their heads. They were told to take </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">this deal, or something worse would be imposed on them, but they could </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">have raged against the machine, and didn’t.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1ff40f5-5e99-a3ba-89a9-c12c7c8c0d91" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">In fact, they weren’t even obligated to approve the health care cuts, </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">though they probably couldn’t have stopped them.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">People love to bash Detroiters, b</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">ut throughout the years, they have stepped up time and </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1ff40f5-5e99-a3ba-89a9-c12c7c8c0d91" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">again, voting to tax themselves when told they had to do so to save </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">the city; voting now to accept new painful sacrifices.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">Meanwhile, four classes of the city’s hugest creditors voted no on </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">settlement offers made to them, and so further court battles lie </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">ahead.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">All of this is bound to overshadow another story today that in the </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">long run may be as meaningful for our future. </span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:29:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18470 at http://michiganradio.org Our future is tied to our kids' future, and a new report shows that doesn't look good New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-breaks-down-inequality-among-michigan-children-race <p>A newly released <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/R/RaceforResults/RaceforResults.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children.</p><p>The report is from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Kids Count. It's titled "Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children."</p><p>For the first time, it creates an index that looks at conditions for children by race.</p><p>Our next guest believes it contains troubling findings for Michigan children and the need for a major call to action.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is project director of Kids Count in Michigan with the Michigan League for Public Policy, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17062 at http://michiganradio.org New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race Report shows Michigan's low-income 4th-graders lag in reading proficiency http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-michigans-low-income-4th-graders-lag-reading-proficiency <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A new report finds the state's poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">According to the the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan and she joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:27:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 16214 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows Michigan's low-income 4th-graders lag in reading proficiency Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigans-low-income-4th-graders-need-improve-their-reading-proficiency <p>A new report finds Michigan’s poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.</p><p></p><p>According to the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently. Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.</p><p></p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan. She says fourth grade is a pivotal age, since that’s where children stop learning to read and start reading to learn.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16201 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency Lessenberry talks child well-being, renewable energy in Michigan and looks ahead to 2014 politics http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-child-well-being-renewable-energy-michigan-and-looks-ahead-2014-politics <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the state of child well-being in Michigan, and look ahead to Governor Rick Snyder's energy plan he'll announce Thursday. They also take a look at legislation likely to be taken up in early 2014.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:02:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15742 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks child well-being, renewable energy in Michigan and looks ahead to 2014 politics Why the quality of life for Michigan's children is stagnating http://michiganradio.org/post/why-quality-life-michigans-children-stagnating-0 <p>Michigan's economy may be slogging its way up the hill towards recovery, but life is not getting as good as it should for children in our state.</p><p>That's the takeaway from the latest <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/misc/MLPPkidscountFINAL.pdf">Kids Count report</a>.</p><p>Here to tell us more is Jane Zehnder-Merrell. She's the project director for Kids Count in Michigan, part of the Michigan League for Public Policy.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:13:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15730 at http://michiganradio.org Why the quality of life for Michigan's children is stagnating Do we care about our kids? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-we-care-about-our-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you pick up either Detroit newspaper, you will find story after story about the fact that the city’s mediocre football team lost to another mediocre football team last night. This insignificant event is analyzed as if it were a major peace treaty in the Middle East.</span></p><p>But buried deep in those papers are a few paragraphs on a story that the editors thought much less important. Which is, that hundreds of thousands of Michigan children are hungry, impoverished, and living in families investigated for abuse and neglect. Hundreds of thousands, and the number is increasing.</p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan League for Public Policy released its annual <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/misc/MLPPkidscountFINAL.pdf">Kids Count report</a>. The results show a devastating and persistent pattern. The number of young children qualifying for federal food aid has jumped by more than 50% since 2005, Nearly two-fifths of all children now qualify for nutritional help because their families are so poor.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15724 at http://michiganradio.org Do we care about our kids? In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-right-work-children-and-food-assistance-gm-investment <p><strong>47 percent of local leaders support right to work</strong></p><p>A <a href="http://media.mlive.com/elections_impact/other/mpps-spring-2013-right-to-work.pdf">report </a>released today from the University of Michigan says 47 percent of Michigan's local government leaders support Michigan's right-to-work law. 22 percent oppose it.</p><p><strong>Number of children who qualify for food assistance has jumped</strong></p><p>"A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years. The annual Kids Count in Michigan project says more than one in three qualified for nutritional help in 2012. That's up 53 percent from 2005," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>GM will invest in three plants in Michigan</strong></p><p>"General Motors plans to spend more than a billion dollars upgrading five auto plants in three states.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the money will be spent on GM plants in Michigan. Flint will see 600 million dollars in investment.&nbsp; Romulus will get nearly 500 million.&nbsp; And millions more will go to plants in Hamtramck and Toledo," Michigan Radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:22:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15722 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment Lake County has a wealth of natural beauty but few job opportunities http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-county-has-wealth-natural-beauty-few-job-opportunities <p>Lake County, in central northern Michigan, is the poorest part of the state, with nearly half of its children living in poverty. That’s according to the latest <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KC2012-Narrative-and-Data-Notes.pdf">Kids Count data</a>. So Jennifer Guerra with our State of Opportunity project went north to visit the rural county to see what life is like there for families.</p><p>The county is an area rich in natural beauty, with hundreds of lakes and streams and acres of forest land, but it's very short on job opportunities.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13529 at http://michiganradio.org Lake County has a wealth of natural beauty but few job opportunities 'People would expect me to fail, to keep popping out more babies.' An essay by a former teen mom http://michiganradio.org/post/people-would-expect-me-fail-keep-popping-out-more-babies-essay-former-teen-mom <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/things-are-getting-better-michigans-kids-sort" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">latest Kids Count data&nbsp;</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">show that roughly 11,000 teens gave birth in Michi Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13246 at http://michiganradio.org 'People would expect me to fail, to keep popping out more babies.' An essay by a former teen mom Michigan kids are in bad shape when it comes to economic well-being http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-kids-are-bad-shape-when-it-comes-economic-well-being <p>The Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued its <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#MI/2/0">annual Kids Count report</a> on the well-being of children across the nation. In Michigan, the outline is a mixed bag, but overall Michigan is last among Great Lakes states for child well-being.</p><p>There were improvements in how well kids are doing in school, some improvements in the area of the health of kids and the number who have health insurance, but in every category of economic well-being, children in Michigan are in worse shape.</p><p>Patrick McCarthy is the President and Chief Executive author of Kids Count, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:16:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 13213 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan kids are in bad shape when it comes to economic well-being Stateside for Monday, June 24th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-24th-2013 <p>We begin a week-long look at energy in Michigan. Today, we focused on solar energy and what it could mean for our state.</p><p>And, we turned to Lansing where some Democrats in the state House are introducing legislation to allow gay marriage in Michigan.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Charles Ballard and Rick Haglund about whether Michigan is going to make an economic comeback.</p><p>First on the show, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued its annual Kids Count report on the well-being of children across the nation. In Michigan, the outline is a mixed bag, but overall Michigan is last among Great Lakes states for child well-being.</p><p>There were improvements in how well kids are doing in school, some improvements in the area of the health of kids and the number who have health insurance, but in every category of economic well-being, children in Michigan are in worse shape.</p><p>Patrick McCarthy is the President and Chief Executive author of Kids Count, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:56:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 13219 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 24th, 2013 Commentary: Where's the outrage? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-wheres-outrage-0 <p>The Michigan League for Public Policy released its annual Kids Count data book yesterday. Unfortunately, it didn’t get a lot of attention in most of the media.</p><p>To the extent that I did hear or read about the Kids Count report across our state, the coverage emphasized two things:</p><p>Much of it focused on how kids were doing in a particular area, since for the first time, the report ranked individual counties on a wide variety of indicators. Beyond that, we did hear that the overall well-being of our children got significantly worse in the years two thousand and five to two thousand and eleven. That’s something you might expect, given the Great Recession.</p><p>But to me, that’s not the real news, and none of the media gave this report nearly the attention it deserved. This report, which anyone can read online, reveals that more than half a million Michigan children are living in poverty. Half a million!</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:57:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11052 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Where's the outrage? For kids in poverty, Michigan ranks among the worst http://michiganradio.org/post/kids-poverty-michigan-ranks-among-worst <p>A new report on child well-being ranks Michigan in the bottom half of all states: 32nd overall, down two spots from last year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:19:46 +0000 Kate Wells 8442 at http://michiganradio.org For kids in poverty, Michigan ranks among the worst Babies - the quarter-million dollar investment http://michiganradio.org/post/babies-quarter-million-dollar-investment <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/CRC/crc2011.pdf">2011 Expenditures on Children by Families annual report</a> released by the USDA today, raising a baby born in 2011 will cost a middle-class family about $234,900 in today&#39;s currency.</p><p>According to the report,</p><blockquote><p>This represents a 3.5 percent increase from 2010. Expenses for transportation, child care, education, and food saw the largest percentage increases related to child rearing from 2010. There were smaller increases in housing, clothing, health care, and miscellaneous expenses on a child during the same period.</p></blockquote><p>The report states that most of this money will fund the child&rsquo;s housing, child care, education and food expenses through age 17, representing roughly 64 percent of all costs. As the study only follows children from birth through high school, costs associated with pregnancy and post-high school education are omitted from these numbers.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:29:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7897 at http://michiganradio.org Babies - the quarter-million dollar investment Report: Percentage of low-birthweight babies on the rise in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-percentage-low-birthweight-babies-rise-michigan <p>A <a href="http://www.milhs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/RSwithAppendix.pdf">new report </a>shows Michigan has made some progress in improving maternal and infant well-being.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.milhs.org/">Michigan League for Human Services</a>&#39; Kids Count in Michigan project found a drop in the percentage of teen births over the past decade. Repeat births to teens and pre-term births have also decreased.</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not all good news. Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Mchigan project director, says the state saw worsening trends over the decade in babies weighing less than 5.5 pounds, or low-birthweight babies.</p><p>&quot;One of indicators that is of most concern is the 7 percent increase in low-birthweight, because that is what drives infant mortality particularly in the African American community.&quot;</p><p>African Americans babies had double the risk of being born too small, compared to white and Hispanic babies.</p><p>The report calls for more state investment in programs and policies to improve the well-being of mothers, and provide a stronger safety net for low-income families and their children.</p><p>Zehnder-Merrell says these data are not only indicators of how successful the next generation will be, but also &quot;how successful our state will be.&quot; Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:13:58 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7256 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Percentage of low-birthweight babies on the rise in Michigan Report: Michigan sees uptick in child poverty, abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-sees-uptick-child-poverty-abuse <p>About one-fourth of kids in Michigan live in poverty. That&rsquo;s according to the Kids Count report from the Michigan League for Human Services. The report says the percent of kids living in poverty and &ldquo;extreme poverty&rdquo; has risen dramatically in the past decade, as has the rate of kids who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the League. She says poverty is pervasive throughout the state.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s sort of a perception out there of &lsquo;if people would just look for a job then they wouldn&rsquo;t have to rely on public support. But when you look at what&rsquo;s happened throughout Michigan counties and their employment rates, it&rsquo;s a pretty staggering picture thinking about trying to look for a job in this job market,&quot; Zehnder-Merrell says.</p><p>She says the good news from the report is teen births continue to decline. The number of teen deaths and the rate of high school dropouts are also declining. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:28:15 +0000 Laura Weber 5909 at http://michiganradio.org Children in Poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/children-poverty <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-982242.mp3</p><p>Yesterday, we learned that Michigan has more than half a million kids in families whose incomes are below the poverty level. Half a million. That&rsquo;s according to reliable figures provided by the non-partisan, non-profit Michigan League for Human Services.</p><p>Every year, they bring us something called the Kids Count Data Book, a demographic survey of children&rsquo;s well-being, funded by the reputable Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>This year&rsquo;s study shows that almost one in four Michigan kids is poverty-stricken. That&rsquo;s as of two years ago, and the situation probably worsened last year. That&rsquo;s more significant than it seems: Poverty-stricken children all too often grow up to be poor, unemployed and sometimes unemployable adults. They seldom get the education they need to be successful in the modern economy.</p><p>Additionally, kids who live under economic stress also tend to have more health problems, according to Jane Zehnder-Merrell, the director of the Kids Count in Michigan project.</p><p>That should bother you even if you have a heart of stone, because society is going to end up paying a tremendous economic as well as human cost as a result. We won&rsquo;t see the full effect of the recession on our children for years.</p><p>And, there are things we could do to cushion the blow. Unfortunately, according to the experts, we seem to be choosing policies guaranteed to do exactly the opposite. Michigan, by the way, isn&rsquo;t the worst state in the nation when it comes to child poverty, though we are worse than most.</p><p>We&rsquo;ve fallen a few notches to thirtieth out of fifty states. But while child poverty went up nationally by 18 percent since two thousand, it increased in Michigan by a staggering 64 percent. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:52:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3791 at http://michiganradio.org Children in Poverty Report: MI teens are doing better, young children are worse off http://michiganradio.org/post/report-mi-teens-are-doing-better-young-children-are-worse <p>Teen deaths are on the decline in Michigan. That&rsquo;s according to an annual report that compares indicators on the wellbeing of children.</p><p>According to the report, Michigan ranks better than the national average for the death rate among teens. Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.milhs.org/kids-count">Kids Count</a>&rdquo; project director at the <a href="http://www.milhs.org/">Michigan League for Human Services</a>. She says teens are getting into fewer fatal car accidents. But she says Michigan is experiencing a national trend toward more teen murders.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s troubling to see that as we push down one rate another rates starts going up; the homicide rate. Suicide rate has remained relatively stable, but we may see increases in that as well with the stress.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>There has been a 64 percent increase in the child poverty rate in Michigan over the past decade, according to the report.</p><p>Zehnder-Merrell says increases in unemployment and home foreclosures affect the wellbeing of children.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Very stressful, very difficult times for families, even though in Michigan I think part of it too is we&rsquo;re used to having a lot more people living a middleclass life and having access to housing and good jobs and good health insurance, and the world is changing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Zehnder-Merrell says many budget and program cuts and made in the Legislature have exacerbated child poverty issues. That includes a proposed four-year cap on cash assistance that is set for a final vote when lawmakers return to Lansing next week. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:10:43 +0000 Laura Weber 3787 at http://michiganradio.org Save the Children http://michiganradio.org/post/save-children <p>We could argue endlessly over who is responsible for the state of Michigan’s economy. Some people blame globalization. Others, the short-sightedness of the domestic automakers. Some say, Jennifer Granholm‘s failure to lead.</p><p>Some say it was the callous selfishness of the Republican Party, and on and on. But one thing is clear: today’s toddlers aren’t to blame. Neither is any child. They didn’t make the policies or the mistakes. But they are suffering as a result of them.</p><p>That’s not only unfair to them, but sabotages all of our futures, and that of Michigan. If we live long enough, our destinies will all be in the hands of people much younger than us. And right now, we aren’t serving them well. Certainly not well enough.</p><p>That’s the clear message emerging from a document released today, <a href="http://www.milhs.org/kids-count">The Kids Count Data Book</a>. This is an annual, joint project of two non-partisan, non-profit institutions, the century-old <a href="http://www.milhs.org/">Michigan League for Human Services</a>, and the newer <a href="http://www.michiganschildren.org/">Michigan’s Children</a>. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:29:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1202 at http://michiganradio.org Save the Children