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This report investigates why kids in areas with high poverty and children of color perform worse in school due to toxic stress. Investment is needed to make schools safe improving communities and their services.
Millions of Michigan residents are in food insecure. Children, rural residents, people with disabilities, people of color, and seniors are most at risk. The report lists state policy and federal policy recommendations to solve the problems.
High-quality childcare is expansive in Michigan. The government needs to expand childcare services. The government must also improve payments for child care providers accepting children with subsidies and expand eligibility for child care assistance.
The state's funding support for education, roads, and water infrustructure has been decreasing. Disinvestment leads to community deterioration impacting the quality of education and local infrustructure. This report recommends policy solutions for counter acting these trends.
Lead poisoning interferes with children's bones, brains, and nervous system. People in poverty and of color have greater risks. Children can be protected by monitoring their education, nutrition, and health services closely.
The report lists population, race, economic security, health, family, education, access to childcare of children in Michigan
Michigan students are increasingly diverse but their teachers are not. Access to high-quality education and care is also limited to children of color. They are more likely to change schools and have absences, and hence may cause cumulative educational inequities. Policy recommendations are listed in the report.
Detroit families spend a larger share of their income on housing than other Michigan communities. Unaffordable housing costs drive a cycle of poverty of Detroit families. Unaffordable water bills and frequent moving causes more problems for Detroit families. The state should revise housing ordinance, strengthen community benefits, and provide customer protections.
Housing costs in Michigan are breaking family budgets resulting in cycles of poor health, lost opportunity and poverty. The state should promote inclusionary zoning, fund housing, prohibit source-of-income discrimination, and promote economic opportunity.
Low-income children are more likely to have toxic stress which can adversely impact health, learning and behavior. Low-income children of color are most at risk. The government should support kids' health, education, invest in schools and communities.