Tag Archives: kids

Too early to talk about alcohol? Doctors say nine-years old is prime age for “the talk”


It seems it’s never too early for the talk, the one about alcohol. Now doctors recommend that parents begin talking to their children about alcohol abuse when the kids are nine-years old.

This is according to a recent study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Continue reading

Michigan awarded Federal Grant to feed kids during summer


A five and a half million dollar grant will provide students from around Michigan with money for food.

The grant from the US Department of Agriculture will allow several school districts around the state to provide summer meals to students. Continue reading

Snyder signs law cutting off welfare for families with truant kids


Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a new law tying welfare benefits to school attendance.

For more than two years, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy has ended cash assistance for families with children who persistently miss school. House Bill 4041 cements that policy in state law. Continue reading

New K-12 budget includes early literacy funding


The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.

The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading

The fight against bullying

bully-movie-posterBullying is something we’ve all experienced or seen in one form or another. The documentary, Bully, aired Monday on PBS. The program showcases the ugly truths of modern day bullying.

The 2011 documentary film Bully, follows the lives of 5 kids and their families over the course of a school year, as they deal with bullying. Continue reading

Children’s advocates take message to Washington D.C.

HealthcareOur nation’s capital this week will host hospital administrators and families from Michigan and around the country for what’s called the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Continue reading