Kids Count

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The 2018 Kids Count Data Book published by the Michigan League for Public Policy ranks Livingston County as the top county in Michigan for child well-being.  Education is a key factor in a child's quality of life.

 


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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More than two million children live in Michigan.  Their health, education and overall well-being depends largely on where in this state they live.  The  2018 Kids Count Data Book takes a look at how Michigan kids are faring.  

 

WKAR's Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery review the findings of the 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book.

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How do children cope with having a parent behind bars? A new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 10 percent of Michigan children have an incarcerated parent. We talk about the impact on families -and potential solutions- with Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

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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.