Kids Count

Kids Count Data Center

More Michigan children are living in poverty. According to this year’s Kids Count data, more than one out of five children - or 22.6 percent - in Michigan lives in poverty. 

Every county in northwest lower Michigan has more poverty now than it did in 2007 before the recession.

 

The annual Kids Count Report has a gloomy view of the well-being of the state's children.

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 report for 2016 reflects data from 2014.

It says the state's efforts to keep children safe, healthy, and educated are falling short.  From the introduction:


A new report finds the state's poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.

According to the the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently.

Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan and she joined us today.

Michigan League for Public Policy

In many parts of northern Michigan the rate of childhood poverty is similar to, or below, the state average. But poverty has grown much faster than it has across the rest of the state, according to a five-year trend published today. The numbers go through 2011, with childhood poverty in the Traverse Bay region peaking in 2010.