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MARQUETTE, MI - Kids Count Michigan is one of 54 projects across the country using data to track the well-being of children.
"We talk about how can we best help kids," says Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy. "We have to help their parents, we have to help their care givers as well. It's not just about helping the child in order to get those outcomes but knowing that these children live in homes with their families and we have to help a whole family, not just the child."
Michigan ranks 31st out of the rest of the United States for overall child well-being. That may sound pretty good, but both State Representatives John Kivela and Scott Dianda agree with one issue.
"The biggest concern that we heard today was the dollars," said Rep. Scott Dianda, 110th District (D). "We have to make sure that the priority is for the children and that it comes back to all of our counties."