Do kids count? Child poverty up in 80 of 83 counties

A Report from the Michigan League for Public Policy

The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016 is out now, and it shows that child poverty went up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties since 2006 and leads to struggles in every other area of a child’s life. The report outlines policy recommendations for legislators to help low-income kids and children of color and their families, a need that has been magnified by the recent crises with Flint’s water and Detroit Public Schools.

The Michigan League for Public Policy has been compiling and releasing the annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book for 25 years to analyze and evaluate the well-being of children in the state.

“This book is not meant to be simply a reporting tool, but a catalyst for action,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy.

This rings true for organizations and concerned people like you as well as lawmakers, and we hope you’ll help us in the effort to improve child well-being.

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