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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.
Some measure of maternal and child health is improving, but more babies are being born premature in MI. Michigan maternal and child health continues to have race and ethnicity disparities. While infant death rates declined, other concerning trends appear. This report lists various policy recommendations.
Many children faced homelessness in their early childhood which will affect their future development. Protecting education opportunity and eliminating housing discrimination is important for homeless children.
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.
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.
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.
This report evaluates the kids count program in Michigan which has tracked children's education, health, personal information since 1992. The report finds kids who expereience disparities continue to grade lowere on reading and math. They find the child poverty rate is decresing,but the cost of childcare is high and remains a challenge. The report highlights the need for greater funding for healthcare and education for children.
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.