About the Project
Mission Statement: Kids Count in Michigan is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels, and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children.
The state project is part of a nationwide network of state projects supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Md. Funding for the Michigan project is also provided by The Skillman Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Battle Creek Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and John E. Fetzer Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Other generous funders are:
American Federation of Teachers Michigan
Guido and Elizabeth Binda Foundation
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of Health Plans
Michigan Community College Association
Michigan Education Association
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Middle Cities Education Association
National Association of Social Workers — Michigan Chapter
Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan
United Auto Workers
Kids Count in Michigan has three major objectives:
- to develop and analyze indicators of child well-being on basic needs such as health, education, and safety;
- to publish an annual data book and disseminate findings broadly; and
- to maintain a public awareness campaign about the status of children and their families.