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Public News Service - MI: Children's Issues

Doing chores is a typical piece of childhood learning many foster kids may not have experienced. (anitapeppers/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While many discussions of the needs of foster children often focus on the very young, a new report looks at what adolescents in the system need to thrive. The Road to Adulthood report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at ways caregivers and foster-care professi

Michigan ranks 41st in the nation for education, according to a new report. (kconnors/morguefile)

Lansing, Mich. — As Michigan continues to slide toward the bottom of the nation when it comes to education and child poverty, a new report offers a blueprint for policymakers to begin to turn things around. According to the 2017 Kids Count report, Michigan ranks 32nd in the country for overa

Kids will consume as much as three cups of sugar on Halloween. (menstatic/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. — As goblins and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, health experts say it's important to think about just how much sugar they're consuming on the holiday and every day. Added sugar is hiding in many of the processed foods and beverages kids and adults eat

Racial barriers are robbing many Michigan kids of a traditional childhood and of future opportunities. (ladyheart/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is failing its children, according to a new report that finds all kids in the state struggling academically, and African-American children ranking worst in the nation on key indicators of health, economic security, education and community. The "2017 Race for Results

Doctors urge parents to get the facts as they make decisions about children's immunizations, or their own. (dodgertonskillhause/morguefile)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Back-to-school preparations require more than just pencils and backpacks. Doctors are reminding parents and caregivers to have a conversation about vaccinations before school bells ring. Dr. Pamela Rockwell is the medical director of Dominos Farms Family Medicine and an immuniz

A law that helps support breastfeeding mothers at work is at risk if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Wencke g/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of mothers who breastfeed their babies has been on the rise in Michigan, but there are fears the trend won't continue if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The ACA contains many women's preventive-care requirements, including insurance coverage of lactation consul

One Michigan political observer points out that Betsy DeVos won't be the only one shaping education policy. (CSPAN/Wikimedia Commons)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The contentious battle over the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is now over, but one expert says the massive groundswell of interest in public education shouldn't end here. Sarah Reckhow is an assistant professor specializing in education policy at Mic

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

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