Resources for reporters

Covering the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book release Dec. 17, 2013?

Thank you for your interest in children in Michigan.

Here are some resources to help you with your reporting. Don’t see what you need? Call Judy Putnam or Jane Zehnder-Merrell at the Michigan League for Public Policy at 517.487.5436.

Report in PDF | Statewide news release | County news releases (click on map) | Photos and graphics

Additional quotes responding to the report below:


United Way for Southeastern Michigan

“Improving conditions for children and families is critical to United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s goal of making Greater Detroit one of the best places in the nation to live and work.  United Way supports the work of Kids Count, a project to compile data on the status of children and youth throughout Michigan.  Let’s join forces with Kids Count to pinpoint the most critical needs and improve the lives of all of our children.”

Michael J. Brennan, President & CEO
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

“Making sure families receive all of the tax credits for which they qualify is one of the most important things we can do to improve the financial situation of children living in low-income families. Between free income tax preparation services which save Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars every year and tax credits like the EITC and Child Tax Credit that return more than $2 billion in tax relief to low-wage workers, we can keep thousand of Michigan children out of poverty. These are the most impactful polices we have to help fight poverty.”

Ross H. Yednock, program director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

Contact Ross at 517.485.3588 or

School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

“While births to teens continue to decline, the fact that poverty has increased means that more children are born into and remain in poverty throughout their lives. It is imperative that we understand the intersection between poverty, health and education. The Kids Count Databook highlights the importance of access to preventative health care, improving test scores and graduation rates, and reducing child and adolescent deaths and accidents as a means to reduce poverty and promote economic stability throughout a child’s life course to adulthood.”

Michele Strasz, executive director, School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

Contact Michele at 517.908.0847, ext. 229  or

Delta Dental

“Delta Dental supports the expansion of Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental (HKD) program to the five remaining counties in an ongoing effort to improve the oral health and well-being of all of Michigan’s children. Tooth decay is the country’s most common chronic childhood disease and in Michigan, one in four third-grade children have untreated dental disease. By expanding HKD to every county in the state, more children will be able to get the dental care they need in order to maintain good oral and overall health.”

Lu Battaglieri, senior vice president and chief relationship officer of Delta Dental of Michigan, which administers the program

Lu’s phone is: 517-347-5214 and email is

Lu Battaglieri

Early Childhood Investment Corp.

“The latest KIDSCOUNT data reveals a mix of successes and nagging challenges for programs and policies aimed at helping Michigan’s children and families.  As community members we should all be concerned that the numbers of young children living in our state are shrinking while at the same time  child poverty rates are growing.  We know that a combination of high quality early childhood care and education programs and a mix of economic and social supports for families can mitigate the negative impacts of living in poverty on children’s cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.”

Marijata Daniel-Echols, CEO, Early Childhood Investment Corp.

Contact Marijata at 517-371-9000


Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

“This year we have witnessed the start of an ongoing process that will result in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The law continues to encourage and allow children to continue to be healthy and active by promoting preventative care. We are already seeing the ACA impact children with the fact that now in 2013, insurance companies can no longer drop children when they become ill. The ACA also has eliminated many fiscal obstacles that prevent parents from proactively seeking care for their child.”

Don Hazaert, executive director, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

Don Hazaert