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School News Network: State Poverty Numbers Grim, but Local Student Advocates See Signs of Hope

Part of the Series ‘The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache’ by Charles Honey

Kent ISD, MI — Lynn Heemstra has been working to improve the lives of Grand Rapids children since 1998. As executive director of Our Community’s Children, a nonprofit advocacy agency, Heemstra has seen some success in getting youths into after-school programs and other means of preparing them for college and careers. Feb. 27, 2015 — School News Network

Michigan Radio: Kids Count Report: education indicators improve; poverty and cases of child abuse increase

An annual report that looks at the well-being of children in Michigan shows more kids are growing up in poverty. Feb. 19, 2015 — Michigan Radio


Public News Service: Report Calls For a New Yardstick for Measuring Poverty

Most people agree children should not grow up in poverty. How to measure what constitutes poverty, and how to best tackle it, is the subject of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Feb. 25, 2015 — Public News Service

WKZO: Jane Zehnder-Merrell talks to Jeremy Lawrence about the Kids Count report

Jane Zehnder-Merrell talks to WKZO’s Jeremy Lawrence about the Kids Count report. Jan. 19, 2015 — WKZO Interview

WLNS: Kids Count in Michigan: Reactions To The Report From The Front Lines

The newest ‘Kids Count’ report for Michigan has just been released. The report looks at the “well-being” of children in each county factoring in child poverty, child abuse or neglect, and food assistance among other things. Feb. 19, 2015 — WLNS

Public News Service: Report: 1 in 4 Michigan Kids Now Lives in Poverty

Nearly one-in-four Michigan children is growing up in poverty, an increase of 35 percent over the past six years, according to the latest Kids Count in Michigan report. Feb. 19, 2015 — Public News Service

MLIVE: Poverty rates up pretty sharply for kids in Western Michigan

Ottawa County was tied for first in a state ranking of child well-being, and Kent County came in 26th place. Feb. 19, 2015 — MLIVE

Detroit Free Press: Recovery missed large number of Michigan kids

Can you believe the recession ended and nobody told Michigan’s children?

Statewide, one in four of our children was living in poverty and one in three qualified for food assistance because their families’ incomes are less than $31,000 a year, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy’s Kids Count report, which studies economic factors to determine our children’s well being. (The league report ends at 2012 because it was the last year for which figures were available). Feb. 19, 2015 — Detroit Free Press


The Detroit News: Detroit worst big city for childhood poverty

Detroit continues to have more children living in extreme poverty than any of the nation’s 50 largest cities, according to a national report released Thursday. Feb. 19, 2015 — The Detroit News

Livingston Daily: Report ranks Livingston 1st for child well-being

The rate of Livingston County children leaving their family — to foster care or another family member’s care — increased 84 percent from 2006 to 2013, according to the 2015 Kids Count in Michigan report released today. Feb. 19, 2015 — Livingston Daily

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