children

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Column: Community is the only way to help Michigan kids

BY: - September 2, 2021

Child abuse and neglect are not a family or household problem. They’re not a racial, political or socioeconomic problem. They’re an every-community problem. If an entire community is unable to coalesce around the safety and well-being of all children, the health of the community suffers. Left unchecked, maltreatment of even a single child can come […]

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Column: Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

BY: - August 25, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access. When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

‘Kids know we are putting them at risk for political reasons’

BY: - August 22, 2021

When Marta Johnson talks about masks, what she’s really talking about is her daughter’s heart.  What she’s talking about is her child, Claire, who has congenital heart disease and is now about to enter first grade, undergoing open heart surgery when she was seven days old. About Claire getting pneumonia when she was one month […]

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Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

BY: - August 21, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]

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Holly McCall: COVID comes home

BY: - August 18, 2021

My husband is a bull of a man. He’s rarely sick and I’ve never known anything to scare him. He joined the Chicago Carpenters Union at 18, swinging a hammer for years before working his way up to superintendent. When a nail went through his work boot into his foot, he pulled it out and […]

Stress, fatigue and fading hopes of ‘normalcy’ as Michigan surpasses 20K COVID deaths

BY: and - August 17, 2021

Just over 17 months ago in March 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the first case of COVID-19 had made its way into Michigan — kickstarting a period of uncertainty, change, hardships and a unified desire for “normalcy.” Now, the deadly virus has infected 922,687 Michiganders in total. The state hit the grim milestone of […]

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Column: Congress must help families by making EITC and Child Tax Credit boosts permanent

BY: - August 1, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, provided the nation with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make historic and bold investments in our people.  These investments include temporary expansions of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — by expanding it for workers without qualifying children —and the Child Tax […]

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Column: My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 26, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the first […]

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Column: Let’s use data to put kids and families first

BY: - July 15, 2021

Every year, Kids Count in Michigan asks how government policies and budgets can better prioritize what’s most important to us: young people and their families. And these questions have been even more important during the pandemic. As billions of dollars in federal support come into the state and state policymakers consider how to make the […]

Here’s how the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting next week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

Stabenow touts child tax credit boost as ‘tax cut for working people’

BY: - July 8, 2021

Starting next week, many Michigan families will receive monthly payments from the federal government through the new child tax credit expansion, benefiting nearly 2 million children in the state. During a press conference in Lansing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) laid out the changes to the existing Child […]

Michigan lagged nationally in education before the pandemic hit. So what can be done now?

BY: - June 25, 2021

Even before the pandemic brought a tsunami of challenges to Michigan classrooms, the state’s schools — especially those in high-poverty districts — were struggling under the weight of years of inequitable public school funding, barriers to accessing early learning and unaffordable childcare. That’s according to findings in a new report released this week from the […]