Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

How should you talk with kids about a school shooting?

BY: - December 7, 2021

In the wake of the school shooting at Oxford High School last week, parents and teachers across the state and country are grappling with how to talk about tragedies like this with young kids and teenagers. “The biggest job of the parents will be to listen,” said Sandra Graham-Bermann, professor of psychology and psychiatry at […]


Column: Here’s a proven, immigrant-inclusive policy so more kids have health insurance

BY: - December 7, 2021

Michigan continues to be a national leader in the percentage of kids with health insurance.  The most recent Kids Count data found that 97% of kids are insured in the state compared to 94% nationally. This is due in large part to policy decisions that expand eligibility and improve health care access and affordability, especially […]

More than 10% of Michigan kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their 1st COVID shot

BY: - November 23, 2021

More than 87,000 (10.5%) of Michigan children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports as of Friday. DHHS is urging parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated before the holidays. “We know these vaccines […]


Column: Tax changes in Build Back Better are necessary and affordable

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better bill Friday morning, and there’s much to applaud in this legislation. On top of providing needed help to families struggling to meet everyday challenges like paying rent and putting food on the table, affording child care and preschool, or paying for college, early estimates also suggest the […]

As young children get vaccinated, families feel the ‘freedom of our pre-pandemic life’

BY: - November 16, 2021

Last month, Allison Gallinati sat in a hospital room, watching over her 6-year-old daughter, Avery, who was struggling to breathe due to COVID-19 complications and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). “We were within a couple hours of her being intubated when she suddenly started responding to the medication. We spent a lot of time wondering if […]


Parker James: Michigan leaders must take action to protect children from lead

BY: - November 11, 2021

Residents of Benton Harbor have forced the country to pay attention to their ongoing fight for clean water.  For three years, the majority-Black city of Benton Harbor’s water lead levels have exceeded the legal limit, endangering residents. But a recently filed petition from residents and advocates has ratcheted up attention—and action—from policymakers to adequately address […]

About 825K Michigan kids aged 5 to 11 can now get the COVID vaccine 

BY: - November 3, 2021

Updated, 6:43 a.m., 11/4/21 About 825,000 kids aged 5 to 11 in Michigan are now eligible to receive free Pfizer vaccine to help halt the spread of COVID-19 after emergency use was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommended Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on […]

Updated: COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 get final endorsement by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

Updated, 4:23 a.m., 11/3/21, with CDC’s final approval WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have […]

How Social and Emotional Learning became a priority for schools during the pandemic

BY: - November 1, 2021

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing students’ and adults’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that they need to make successful choices. And it has been in schools longer than it has had an official title.  The term SEL was coined in the mid-1990s, but “for as long as public schools have […]

Michigan Democrats, parents call for Child Tax Credit extension

BY: - October 27, 2021

At virtual roundtable with parents on Wednesday organized by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), parents called on Capitol Hill lawmakers to extend the federal Child Tax Credit, which affects 1.9 million Michigan children.  Christie Donn is a mother of two from Redford whose family receives the tax credit. “The Child Tax Credit payments that we […]

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]