Public Voices on Issues Concerning Kids

The Skillman Foundation has launched a series of public opinion surveys on issues facing children in metro Detroit today. “Concerning Kids,” a two-year study, includes a series of surveys to be conducted with the general public, parents and, for the first time ever, children, in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, including Detroit.

Information will be disseminated to the public as each study is completed. “This project will be useful to all sectors of our community including business, government, non-profit and the public,” says Kari Schlachtenhaufen, Skillman President. “Working together with the valuable information collected throughout the process, we can make a difference in the lives of our area children.”

A few of the topics that will be explored include public education and the progress of school reform, recreation and after-school activities for children and youth, health care, crime and violence issues, and youth development opportunities.

The “Concerning Kids” study will be conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CRSA) of the University of Connecticut. “Issues facing children have tremendous long-range impacts,” says Chris Barnes, Associate Director of CSRA. “By understanding what the specific issues are, and how the public perceives these issues, Concerning Kids can help the community address critical needs. Addressing them now is really an investment in the future.”