Michigan's Kids Lag Behind Nation When It Comes To Well-being

April 2, 2014

"There are initiatives...they're not broad enough and deep enough to make a sea change in what's happening for kids."

Jane Zehnder-Merrill, Michigan League for Public Policy.

A new report says the well-being of black children and white children in Michigan is worse than the national average, and it’s worse for black children. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count project says only two states had a lower quality of life for black children than Michigan, while white children in the state ranked 32nd out of 50 states. Jane Zehnder-Merrill of the Michigan League for Public Policy says Kids Count looked at several indicators: birth weight, education, employment, and neighborhood poverty. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Read more about the Race for Results report here