kids en Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties <p>Children whose families qualify for Medicaid are now eligible to receive free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties through the Healthy Kids Dental program. Beginning today, 64,000 kids are added to the program which provides dental coverage to about half a million children in Michigan.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:47:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14660 at Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties The kids on the bus pick the bus route in Detroit <p>This summer, kids in Southwest Detroit had a new way to get around.&nbsp;</p><p>In a story by <a href="">Model D</a>, the Youth Transit Alliance, which is funded by the <a href="">Skillman Foundation</a>, became the solution for a lack of adequate and safe transportation for kids in the southwest part of the city.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">YTA&nbsp;contracted a private company</a>, the Detroit Bus Company, to pick up kids and take them to activities outside of school.&nbsp;</p><p>Before the Youth Transit Alliance existed only 40% of youth in southwest Detroit participated in things outside of school, according to Terry Whitfield. Whitfield works for the Partnerships for Youth Initiative, an organization which helps different Detroit non-profits collaborate and share resources.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:04:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14072 at The kids on the bus pick the bus route in Detroit Summertime isn't as easy as it used to be, as far as kids' games are concerned <p></p><p>Summer time, and the livin' is easy.</p><p>But not if you have children. Nowadays, you have to drive your kid to soccer camp and band camp, to this lesson and that clinic, to make sure they never have a single un-programmed minute of summer to themselves.</p><p>Yes, something is gained from all this -- like structure and safety -- but something is lost, too. You see a basket in every driveway, but no one playing on them. Without their own games, kids never learn how to settle their own arguments. Does any ten-year-old know what a "do-over" is?</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 13284 at Summertime isn't as easy as it used to be, as far as kids' games are concerned State of Opportunity: When funding dries up for programs that help kids <p>This week, Michigan Radio's <a href="">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <a href="" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a> explores a pilot project in Michigan that helped kids and reduced state caseloads.</p><p>So why, he asks, is it ending?</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:03:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8767 at State of Opportunity: When funding dries up for programs that help kids How much does preschool matter? <p>Preschool matters a lot. Particularly for low income kids. In Michigan, low income students with one year of preschool were found to do better in school than other low income kids, and positive effects of that early education were seen all the way through 12th grade.<br /><br />Those results are from <a href="">a 14-year study of 500 Michigan children</a>. The study is part of a recent evaluation of the state Great Start Readiness Program.<br /> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 7876 at How much does preschool matter? Autistic kids practice social skills at the bowling alley <p>Kids with autism struggle with reading non-verbal cues, like facial expressions. They also have a tough time knowing the right words to say. That&rsquo;s why there are social skills clubs for kids with autism.</p><p></p><p>One such club meets regularly at <a href="">Bel-Mark Lanes</a> in Ann Arbor. There are three different groups based on age, and this particular group includes kids in junior high and high school.</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 5290 at Autistic kids practice social skills at the bowling alley Lemonade economics <p>(Here&#39;s a version of the story that aired on Michigan Radio.)</p><p>Turns out even lemonade stands aren&rsquo;t immune to <a href="">Michigan&rsquo;s economic recession</a>.</p><p>Molly and Lucy Prochaska have been in the lemonade business for the past five years. They sell lemonade, iced tea, and Arnold Palmers (50 cents for a small cup, $1.00 for a large.)&nbsp; They also sell popsicles at fifty cents a piece, which is a new addition this year.</p><p>They&rsquo;ve got a cash register, lots of signage. They&#39;re also located close to downtown, so there&#39;s a good amount of foot traffic from the <a href="">Ann Arbor Art Fairs</a>.</p><p>But 12-year old Molly says business just isn&rsquo;t what it used to be:</p><blockquote><p>MOLLY PROCHASKA: The first year was really nice, we got lots of money. But after that, when the economy started to go down we didn&rsquo;t get as much money.</p><p>JENNIFER GUERRA: You think it had to do with the economy?</p><p>MOLLY PROCHASKA: Probably. People didn&rsquo;t want to spend as much. They wanted to save their money.</p></blockquote><p>The girls made around $200 their first year. Molly is saving up her lemonade money to buy a camera; Lucy wants to buy an iPad.</p><p>But it&#39;s not all doom and gloom at the lemonade stand. Molly says business this year is picking up a bit. She says that could mean one of two things: the economy&#39;s picking up, or more people are coming because it&#39;s &quot;super hot out.&quot;</p><p>Also, side note, it looks like Molly and Lucy might have to step up their game now that a new lemonade stand popped up a block away. Not only is the new stand charging less for a cup, but they also use fresh lemons. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:11:20 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3422 at Lemonade economics Bike program sneakily teaches basic social skills <p>Riding a bicycle is a classic part of childhood. But plenty of kids don&rsquo;t have bikes. One program in Kalamazoo teaches kids simple bike maintenance and at the end of the program, kids get their own bike. But the people who run the Open Roads workshop say the heart of the program is about teaching basic social skills.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:10:36 +0000 Kyle Norris 2088 at Bike program sneakily teaches basic social skills Michigan making progress in collecting child support <p><a href="">A new report</a> says about 70% of&nbsp; children in Michigan who are eligible for child support do receive the payments. An Auditor General&rsquo;s report on Michigan&rsquo;s child support system says about $3&nbsp;billion in child support payments were collected over the last two years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Marilyn Stephen is the director of <a href=",1607,7-124--253830--,00.html">Child Support with the Department of Human Services</a>. She says the number of eligible kids who receive child support payments could always be better.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that I&rsquo;d categorize it as either good or bad. It&rsquo;s great that there are 70% of children who are receiving the support that they are entitled to, but that means that there&rsquo;s 30% that we spend probably 90 percent of our time looking for and trying to identify income and assets.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Stephen&nbsp; doubts&nbsp;the state will never be able to make every parent pay child support.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I would submit that we&rsquo;ll probably never be at zero, because there will probably always be individuals who lack the education and the job history and frankly the employment to pay their child support. So that&rsquo;s a persistent problem, and not just in Michigan, but across the nation, and really across the world.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Stephen says the state&rsquo;s child support program is a great return on investment for taxpayers, with more than $6 in child support collected for every dollar spent. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 21:10:46 +0000 Laura Weber 1925 at Michigan making progress in collecting child support