child poverty

2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
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For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


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Michigan's child poverty rate decreased to about 21 percent in 2016, but disparities among racial groups remain.

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Kathryn Edin, a co-author of the book “$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” will speak in the WKAR-TV studios on Thursday.


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A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy reveals some striking facts about the well-being on Michigan children.  In 2015, more than one in five children were living in poverty -- a 15 percent increase since 2008. 

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An annual survey of child poverty in Michigan indicates continuing challenges for kids and families struggling to attain economic security.  

The 2016 Kids Count survey was conducted by the Michigan League for Public Policy based in Lansing.

The league is emphasizing a sobering piece of data stemming from this years report.  

It says that since 2006, child poverty has gone up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.  That, it says, leads to struggles in every other area of a child’s life.  

This year’s marks the 25th Kids Count survey in Michigan.