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What Michiganders want: Investments in children

What Michiganders want:

in children.

Michiganders expect more investment in children.

62% support

Even if it raises their taxes.

58% support

Across every region of our state.

Top Concerns

Kids falling behind in school because of the pandemic


Kids living in households that struggle to afford basic needs


Exposure to trauma in homes & communities


Kids’ mental health


Not every kid getting the learning supports they need


Percentage that say it’s a problem

Where should investments be made?

Career exposure, job training, and skill building


Programs to improve kids’ mental health


Programs that reduce the number of youth in the criminal justice system


More affordable childcare


Expanded learning time


Percentage that support increased public investment in proposed area

What the future looks like with more investment in children

Outcomes deemed most important by voters:

Fewer children will experience abuse or neglect

The number of youth in juvenile justice system will decrease

Children will be better prepared for the workforce & a successful future

Kid’s mental health will improve

Michigan’s economy will improve

Economic & racial inequity will be reduced

Issued by

Conducted by

Data from a phone survey of 800 likely 2022 General Election voters in Michigan conducted July 27 – August 3, 2021.

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.