children http://michiganradio.org en Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-1-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the day. After months and months of debate, Healthy Michigan is here. That's the official name for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program. Today, on Stateside: Who is eligible for the new coverage and why are other states looking to Michigan for lessons learned?</span></p><p>Then, it made news: the merger between financially struggling Albion High School and its neighbor, Marshall. Now, more than halfway through the school year, we checked in on how the students are faring.</p><p>And, a new report is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children, and the findings for Michigan children are troubling.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nother hugely surprising retirement from Congress. Republican Congressman Dave Camp, who represents Michigan's 4th district, announced that he will not run again for re-election. Camp has served in Congress for 24 years and has been chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.</span></p><p>Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta, co-hosts of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics, joined us today to talk about what’s next for Camp and what this means for Michigan in Congress.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17063 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 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 Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/childrens-opera-performed-concentration-camp-coming-detroit <p><a href="http://www.motcc.org/">The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus</a> will perform Brundibar this weekend at the Detroit Opera House. The children's opera was originally performed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p>In the 1940s, European Jews were sent to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. It was a transit camp where Jews were sent before being moved to other concentration camps, including Auschwitz.<br /><br />The Nazis also used Theresienstadt in their propaganda efforts.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 16856 at http://michiganradio.org Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit Flint substitute teacher accused of duct taping students' mouths http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-substitute-teacher-accused-duct-taping-students-mouths <p>A Flint substitute teacher is facing a variety of charges, including assault and battery, for allegedly duct taping the mouths of several elementary school students on several occasions last year.</p><p>A 15 count warrant was authorized on Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The incidents allegedly occurred at Flint's Brownell Elementary School.&nbsp;&nbsp; The unnamed teacher was fired by the Flint school district in December.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:25:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16068 at http://michiganradio.org Flint substitute teacher accused of duct taping students' mouths Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-musicians-record-christmas-cd-support-children-need <p></p><p>It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, in the </span>interest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called "<a href="http://nochildforgotten.com/music" target="_blank">A Michigan Christmas of Hope</a>."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan.</span></p><p>Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15747 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need 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 The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free http://michiganradio.org/post/us-birth-rate-record-low-more-couples-choose-remain-child-free <p>It seems the Great Recession--the lingering economic worries, the slow-poke recovery--all of that seems to have made people more hesitant than ever to take "the baby plunge."</p><p>U.S. births are at a record low. Last year saw 63 births per 1000 women. Put that into context. Around a century ago, that figure was 127 births per 1000 women.</p><p>So we are at the lowest birth rate since the government started tracking America's fertility.</p><p>And our next guest is not surprised.</p><p>Laura Scott is a life coach, she's the author of "Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless By Choice." And she's the director of the "Childless by Choice Project."</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:07:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 15710 at http://michiganradio.org The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free 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 How do we react when kids make mistakes? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-we-react-when-kids-make-mistakes <p><a href="http://stateofopp.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/cartoon-about-kids-prison-might-be-winner">The State of Opportunity team</a> found this short animation put together by a campaign called "Mistakes Kids Make."</p><p>The campaign is described as a "storytelling project to remind us that the mistakes we make as kids should not ruin the rest of our lives." It's funded by the MacArthur Foundation.</p><p>Take a look at the video here:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y45RismalUw</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:24:30 +0000 Mark Brush 12023 at http://michiganradio.org How do we react when kids make mistakes? The trouble with statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/trouble-statistics-child-abuse-and-neglect-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, I reported for </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on some </span><a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KC2012-Family-and-Community.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">alarming new statistics</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on child abuse and neglect in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can click </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-rate-child-abuse-and-neglect-bad-and-getting-worse" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to get the full story.</span></p><p>There is some debate about how to interpret a few of the statistics in the story.</p><p>One of the things I discovered while reporting the story is that it's actually hard to get good numbers on abuse and neglect in Michigan.</p><p>The state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> provides a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/FIA-FactSheet_389389_7.pdf">monthly fact sheet</a> that includes the number of cases that were investigated, and how many were confirmed. But the numbers only cover two months worth of reports, and there's no detail on the nature of the cases, or where they occurred.</p><p>The Michigan League for Public Policy worked with the DHS to publish some more detailed measures of abuse and neglect in <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count/michigan-2/mi-data-book-2012">the latest Kids Count report</a>.</p><p>From my perspective, even this report leaves as many questions as answers.&nbsp;</p><p>That said, the statistics we <em>do</em> have are cause enough for concern.</p><p>Here are four to keep in mind:&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:58:22 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 11115 at http://michiganradio.org The trouble with statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan UM professor says “no shame” for children with disorder of sex development http://michiganradio.org/post/um-professor-says-no-shame-children-disorder-sex-development <p>It’s not uncommon for newborn babies to have an unclear gender. About one in 300 infants have a disorder of sex development (or DSD). That means babies have atypical sex chromosomes, atypical gonads, or atypical genitals.</p><div><div data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" id=":9a" role="button" tabindex="0"><img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif"></div><div data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" role="button" tabindex="0"><p>For some parents, the experience can be overwhelming and in the past, shame and secrecy have been associated with the disorder.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:55:02 +0000 Kyle Norris 11067 at http://michiganradio.org UM professor says “no shame” for children with disorder of sex development Poll shows parents want more online protections for children http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-shows-parents-want-more-online-protections-children <p>A new University of Michigan survey finds most parents want stronger online protections for children under 13.</p><p></p><p>The poll shows two-thirds of parents say a federal law that protects children's privacy online should be expanded to include handheld devices.</p><p></p><p>“The hope is that this update of the federal rules can be combined with continuing or maybe even enhanced parent vigilance around what their kids are seeing and where their kids are going on the internet,” says Matt Davis, the director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.</p> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:34:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10047 at http://michiganradio.org One woman's fight to end the cycle of poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/one-womans-fight-end-cycle-poverty <p>Economic mobility for Americans at the bottom of the income scale seems to be fading. Today more than <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2008/02/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2008/2/economic%20mobility%20sawhill/02_economic_mobility_sawhill_ch1.PDF%29">40 percent of children born into poverty stay in poverty as adults</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org">State of Opportunity</a>'s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/jennifer-guerra">Jennifer Guerra</a> profiles one woman trying hard to be on the right side of that statistic. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9800 at http://michiganradio.org One woman's fight to end the cycle of poverty What it takes to raise successful kids http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-takes-raise-successful-kids <p></p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:36:45 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 8779 at http://michiganradio.org What it takes to raise successful kids State of Opportunity: Even short-term parental joblessness can be a long-term problem for kids http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-even-short-term-parental-joblessness-can-be-long-term-problem-kids <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <span class="submitted"><span content="2012-08-08T01:00:00-04:00" rel="sioc:has_creator"><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a></span></span> delved into one of the uncomfortable truths of the Great Recession: that kids were among the hardest hit.</p><p>He writes that in 2010, one out of three kids in this country lived in a house where neither parent had full-time, year-round work. He says the recession affected everyone in America, rich and poor. But some groups were hit worse: people with no college degree, African-Americans and children.</p><p>Click <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">here</a> to follow Dwyer as he interviews parents feeling the effects of unemployment.</p><p>Check back in to the <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a> website to read and listen to new stories every week.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:39:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8599 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity: Even short-term parental joblessness can be a long-term problem for kids Six ways life is different when you grow up poor http://michiganradio.org/post/six-ways-life-different-when-you-grow-poor <p><a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate/Rankings.aspx?state=MI&amp;ind=1692">Nearly a quarter of all kids in Michigan live in poverty</a>. We want to believe these kids&nbsp;have an equal shot at success in life, but there&rsquo;s a pile of research that suggests otherwise. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:01:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8189 at http://michiganradio.org Six ways life is different when you grow up poor 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 A child grieves with markers, pens, and crayons http://michiganradio.org/post/child-grieves-markers-pens-and-crayons <p>A little more than a year ago, there were four people in the Reynolds family. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 7816 at http://michiganradio.org A child grieves with markers, pens, and crayons Commentary: Helping children in poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-helping-children-poverty <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Two weekends ago, I went to something called the Bow-Wow brunch, at an upscale hotel in suburban Detroit. The purpose was to raise money to support the Michigan Humane Society.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:18:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7365 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Helping children in poverty