Kids Count in Michigan says the state needs to make more investments to help children succeed in school and life.
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that just 36% of children in the U.S. has the necessary cognitive skills by third grade to become a successful adult and only 19% of children in low-income families were on track by third grade.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell of Kids Count in Michigan says in light of the data, Michigan policymakers must rethink the loss of support for low-income families, while pushing ahead with other initiatives.
The report notes the state has lost ground in supporting low-income families in terms of cash and food assistance and child care reimbursements.
It suggests Michigan make more investment in supporting parents so they can more effectively care and provide for their kids.
It also calls for an increase to access to high-quality birth through age eight programs and for comprehensive programs and data systems to address all aspects of a child's development and support their transition to elementary schools.