2018 Michigan Data Book

The 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book continues to demonstrate that race and income are critical factors to be addressed if we are to create a Michigan where all children have opportunities to reach their potential. While there have been some significant wins and investments in programs for kids, these come after more than a decade of disinvestments and the erosion of programs meant to assist families experiencing poverty and financial difficulties. The research is clear: money matters for child well-being. Increasing financial resources to families through policies like the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and cash assistance programs improves outcomes, including attainment of education. There is much work ahead if we want to make sure kids count in Michigan.

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