Calling all kids: Michigan Kids Count project holding first-ever open call for photos

For Immediate Release 
February 23, 2018

Alex Rossman

Deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy’s Kids Count project announced today that it is calling for photographs of a diverse range of kids age 0-17 and families from around the state to fill its upcoming 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018. Photos can be submitted online at

“We are very excited to show everyday Michigan children and families in our 2018 Data Book, because they’re the ones we’re fighting for every day,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. “We want to pair real faces with real data to better tell the story of how our state’s kids and families are impacted by policy decisions.”

With this call for photos, Kids Count is looking for a broad representation of Michigan’s families, with diversity in age, geography, gender, and race and ethnicity. The project is also hoping to get photos of kids in action and participating in activities to match the Data Book’s main categories of Education, Health and Safety, Economic Security, and Family and Community. Interested families should take a look at the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book for examples.

There will be no compensation for submissions aside from inclusion in the 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book. Photos must be received by the end of the day March 20, 2018, and submitted by the parent or guardian of the child or children in the photographs. Questions can be emailed to

Since 1992, the Michigan League for Public Policy has been compiling and releasing the annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to analyze and evaluate the well-being of children in the state. The report also ranks Michigan counties for overall child well-being.


About the Kids Count in Michigan Project
The Kids Count in Michigan project is part of a broad national effort to improve conditions for children and their families. Funding for the project is provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, Frey Foundation, Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Fetzer Institute.

The Michigan League for Public Policy,, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.