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Just like assets or heirlooms, economic disadvantages are often passed down from generation to generation. And we need your help to change that.
A recent report on the state budget by the League shows that children born into poverty immediately start out behind and spend the rest of their lives playing catch-up. They have limited early education opportunities when the brain is at one of its highest stages of development. These kids have trouble ever overcoming that gap, with problems in fourth-grade reading proficiency. Not surprisingly, they are also less likely to finish high school or attend postsecondary school, and without a degree or training, they end up with lower-paying jobs themselves.
While these numbers are disheartening, they are a clear call for change in our approach. For decades, Michigan has tried to support low-income parents and their children through separate policies and programs, but the statistics show not much headway is being made.
But there’s a new policy strategy in two-generation approaches to help support low-income parents today and build a brighter future for their kids tomorrow. Research shows that two-generation programs and policies can effectively help the two generations make progress together. It’s a win-win for children, their families and the state.
As people who care about Michigan children and families and the direction of our state, we want you to be a part of the conversation.
You are invited to join us on Monday, October 26th in Lansing for our free public policy forum, “Secure Parents and Successful Kids: A two-generation approach to tackling poverty.” We will have state and national experts all in one room to discuss a two-generation approach to reduce poverty and increase economic security.
Keynote speaker Anne Mosle directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security. Anne will speak about these new and innovative ways to help children and their parents.
Anne’s presentation will be followed by a panel that will talk about two-generation policies and approaches in Michigan. Members of the panel include Tim Becker, chief deputy director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Carol Goss, former CEO of the Skillman Foundation; Dr. Ali Webb, director of Michigan programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Brian Whiston, new state superintendent and head of the Michigan Department of Education; and Mindy Ysasi, executive director, The SOURCE.
The public policy forum is FREE, but reservations are requested by Oct. 21 and seating is limited. On-site registration will be accepted if space allows. Light refreshments will be served. A brief annual meeting will begin at 1 p.m.
We hope you can join us, and please share this with other people who might be interested. Together, we can take a new approach to public policy in Michigan that will benefit working families and kids equally.
– Gilda Z. Jacobs