‘It’s going to be a lifesaver’: Here’s how the new child tax credit expansion works 

BY: - March 19, 2021

When U.S. President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law last week, setting up millions of families across the country to receive regular monthly payments as part of the child tax credit expansion, Anthony Queen breathed a sigh of relief.  Help, the father of an 8-year-old son thought, is on the […]

‘It will help end the survival mode’: Michiganders say federal COVID relief plan comes at a critical time

BY: - March 15, 2021

Desiree Byrd has a vision for her stimulus check coming from the new COVID-19 relief plan. The 35-year-old Detroit is a mother of four and an essential worker, so she has a lot on her plate. And she plans to invest half of her $1,400 check into creating and distributing care packages for seniors. “It’s […]


Column: I’m a teacher. Why am I considered expendable?

BY: - March 1, 2021

In the timeless movie “Almost Famous,” main character William Miller loses his temper. “Who am I to you?” he shouts. “WHO AM I TO YOU?”  He is yelling at a groupie – er, Band-Aid – with whom he had just spent the night, who was now tossing him her laundry on his way out the […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Want Michigan to become a stronger state? It’s time to ‘Think Babies.’

BY: - February 26, 2021

As an advocate, a former lawmaker, a mom and a grandma, I don’t need research to tell me that what happens in a child’s first three years is critical to the rest of their life. But if I did require research, there’s plenty of it.   Brain growth for infants and toddlers is faster in […]

Here’s what’s in the Whitmer budget for schools after being rocked by COVID

BY: - February 12, 2021

After a tough year for students during the pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced a budget proposal that includes what she says is the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan history, as well as funds to expand post-secondary programs and childcare. Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 plan released Thursday offers $14.7 billion investment […]

‘An assistant teacher, lunch lady, janitor and IT person’: Parents juggle, struggle amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - September 28, 2020

Being a parent of young children can be a challenge under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally made that much tougher for many families. Theresa Mitchell is a mother of two young Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students who are being educated online. Mitchell preferred for them to learn in-person, but there were […]

Whitmer requires masks at childcare centers and camps

BY: - August 7, 2020

Children and staff at childcare centers and camps must wear a face mask at all times when indoors under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order.  Executive Order 2020-164 requires all staff and children ages 2 and up to wear a face covering on a school bus or other transportation, all staff and children ages 4 […]

Rep. Stevens: Childcare rescue package is critical for the economy

BY: - July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s childcare system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the childcare industry in the longer term. The bills now advance […]


Susan J. Demas: The coronavirus crisis shows now is the time to demand more from our government

BY: - July 20, 2020

America has blown past every country in the coronavirus pandemic, with almost 4 million cases and more than 140,000 deaths. If you want to know why the most medically advanced country in the world ended up here, look no further than the malfeasance and conspiracy-mongering of President Donald Trump. The New York Times this weekend […]

New childcare relief fund established during COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $130 million Child Care Relief Fund to lower costs of childcare for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring childcare businesses stay open.  The fund provides direct, non-competitive grants to childcare providers to help ensure that providers currently serving essential workers remain open and costs associated with providing […]

3 Michigan coronavirus deaths reported, all in metro Detroit

BY: - March 19, 2020

Three people in Michigan have died due to COVID-19.  The first death reported was a man in his 50s at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County. McLaren Oakland Hospital also reported a death on Wednesday, a woman in her 50s. An 81-year-old patient died on Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is […]

‘COVID-19 is a virus that does not discriminate’: Advocates want help for marginalized people

BY: - March 17, 2020

A coalition of 49 community-based groups sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking that she take immediate action to protect marginalized Michiganders during the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.  At the time of publication, the state has 65 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, but health officials believe […]