child care http://michiganradio.org en When grandma is head of the household http://michiganradio.org/post/when-grandma-head-household <p>It&#39;s called &quot;Kinship Care.&quot;</p><p>It means relatives stepping in to raise a child, and it happens for many reasons.</p><p>Whether it&#39;s parents being deployed to combat in the Middle East, physical or mental illness, or incarceration, all over the country, grandparents or other relatives are being called on to raise a child. Today, more than 4.9 million children are living in grandparent-headed households.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14666 at http://michiganradio.org When grandma is head of the household An average family in Ann Arbor needs $68,140 to get by http://michiganradio.org/post/average-family-ann-arbor-needs-68140-get <p>That's the estimate for a family&nbsp;made up of two parents and two kids.</p><p>The numbers are calculated by the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank based in Washington D.C.</p><p>You can look up your specific living situation <a href="http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/">with their updated "Family Budget Calculator."</a></p><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="dropped" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">EPI says the calculator estimates the annual income a family needs for a "secure&nbsp;</span>yet modest living standard."</p><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;">It estimates expenses related to housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes. And by their calculations, families at the poverty level set by the federal government are nowhere near the EPI's "getting by" threshold.</p><blockquote><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;">The budgets, updated for 2013, are calculated for 615 U.S. communities and six family types (either one or two parents with one, two, or three children)...<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">EPI’s family budgets offer a higher degree of geographic customization and provide a more accurate measure of economic security. In all cases, they show families need more than twice the amount of the federal poverty line to get by.</span></p></blockquote><p>Of the 20 areas the EPI examined in Michigan, the Ann Arbor area came out on top as the most expensive place to live.&nbsp; Rural Michigan was the least expensive.</p><p>Here's a look at the Michigan areas EPI put into their calculator, from most expensive to least expensive (for two-parent, two-child families):</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:22:34 +0000 Mark Brush 13490 at http://michiganradio.org An average family in Ann Arbor needs $68,140 to get by $700,000 for baby scholarships http://michiganradio.org/post/700000-baby-scholarships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We think of scholarships as a way to help more students go to college. But there’s a new scholarship program in Michigan that has nothing to do with college. It offers scholarships to babies.</span></p><p>If you have a baby and you want to have a job, or you need to have a job, you have to find childcare. And childcare costs money—thousands of dollars a year.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:03:27 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 11871 at http://michiganradio.org $700,000 for baby scholarships Sorry college students, this scholarship program is for babies only http://michiganradio.org/post/sorry-college-students-scholarship-program-babies-only <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>About 200 Michiganders will benefit from a new scholarship program announced today.&nbsp;</p><p>But if you want to be one of the lucky recipients, there's a catch: you can't be any older than two.&nbsp;</p><p>The state's <a href="http://greatstartforkids.org/">Early Childhood Investment Corporation</a> announced today that it's partnering with the <a href="http://www.womenscaringprogram.org/">Women's Caring Program</a> on a new $700,000 program to help low income families afford child care.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:43:30 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 11815 at http://michiganradio.org Sorry college students, this scholarship program is for babies only