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 […]

In Benton Harbor’s water crisis, a long history of systemic racism — and a chance for justice

BY: - October 26, 2021

Every day, Elnora Gavin wakes up terrified that her young son will use the tap water in their Benton Harbor home to brush his teeth when she’s not looking.  She thinks of the horror stories emanating from children drinking lead infused water in Flint — which, like Benton Harbor, is a predominantly Black city that […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

BY: - October 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. That multistep approval process kicks off Tuesday, when the Food & Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts will vote on […]

New census data shows child poverty rates across the state fell before the pandemic

BY: - October 25, 2021

More than 16% of Michigan’s school-aged children are living in poverty, according to recently released census data.  The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which produces single-year estimates of poverty for all states, counties and school districts. The most recent data the SAIPE program has for […]


Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Study: Over 3,200 Mich. kids lost a caregiver to COVID, hitting Black families hardest

BY: - October 21, 2021

More than 3,200 children in Michigan experienced the death of a primary caregiver due to COVID-19 over the first 15 months of the pandemic, disproportionately affecting Hispanic and Black children in the state.  A recent study from the Journal of Pediatrics, which looked at data from April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, found that […]

Kids age 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Smaller needles. Redesigned shipments to ease the storage needs in pediatricians’ offices. And enough vials of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate the 28 million U.S. children between ages 5 and 11. Those are among the plans announced by the White House on Wednesday as federal and state officials prepare for a regulatory decision to be […]

Nessel, 25 AGs advocate for Native children in Supreme Court case

BY: - October 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a bipartisan coalition of 26 attorneys general in an effort to uphold protections guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Nessel’s office announced Tuesday. The amicus brief, filed on Oct. 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court, concerns the cases of Haaland v. Brackeen and Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen […]

Anti-mask parents are wrong: Schools with no mask mandates in Michigan have more COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 16, 2021

Updated and corrected, 8:55 a.m., 10/16/21 School districts with no mask requirements in Michigan have higher rates of coronavirus transmissions than those with mandates, according to new data from the University of Michigan. School districts with no mask requirements averaged 73 coronavirus cases per 100,000 students as of late September, compared to 45 cases per […]

Michigan’s pediatric COVID cases are on the rise

BY: - October 15, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Michigan.  State health officials reported Wednesday that the case rate rose to 304.4 cases per million people. About 4.9% of emergency department visits were for COVID diagnoses over the past week, an increase over last week’s 4.1%. Case rates are highest among 10- to 19-year-olds; there are […]


Column: Biden visit, data and voices underscore need for action on ‘Build Back Better’

BY: - October 8, 2021

Every Michigander deserves a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity. But for too long, many families — particularly people of color and those families with low incomes — have struggled to make ends meet despite their best efforts to provide for their families.  President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan would make a historic investment […]