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Michigan Kids is a series of solutions-focused stories and profiles about the programs and people that are positively impacting the lives of children. The series is produced by
and is made possible with funding from the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Starting a conversation about keeping babies alive
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Why is the infant mortality rate for black babies higher than those of white babies in Kalamazoo?
Grace Lubwama, the new chief executive officer at Kalamazoo's YWCA will be working on bringing those numbers down.
Story about 1,000 books has a happy ending
Thursday, May 15, 2014
If you were writing the book of a child's life wouldn't you like it to have a happy ending? Every day more children are signing up for a Kalamazoo Public Library program intended to give them a life that includes loving the reading of books.
Making Piano Accessible for All Kids
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Piano Labs gives some of Kalamazoo’s most vulnerable kids and young adults a chance to make music and become pianists.
Special Report: Child Health & Wellness
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The 2013 national Kids Count data book reports Michigan ranking 31 out of 50 in child well-being. With this shaky foundation, Michigan has some serious work to do in improving child health and wellness outcomes.
Neighbors turn eyesore into place children can play
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Zinta Aistars has the story of how a blighted city lot became a place where children can play soccer, creating a place for them to stay busy rather than get into trouble. It's called the Franklin Project and it's about workers in the surrounding neighborhood who decided to make a difference.
Pilot program offers a second chance for young people
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Can young people who are poised to get adult criminal records turn their lives around? A group of dedicated people in Kalamazoo (including the Kinetic Affect duo) led by Judge Anne Blatchford is trying to help them turn that corner. Zinta Aistars has the story on how it works.
Reading above grade level becomes more common at Verona Elementary
Jane C. Parikh
Thursday, June 27, 2013
What happens when a school turns a laser like focus on reading? Parents at Verona Elementary say their children are reading all the time, even when they don't have to. Jane Parikh has the story on how one school is turning things around before the all-critical third grade.
Open Roads opens doors for Kalamazoo's young people
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Once you've learned how to fix a bike what else can you fix? For young people in Kalamazoo Open Roads teaches the skills to find out. Ethan Alexander talks with Zinta Aistars about the program that capitalizes on his love for bikes.
Keeping kids out of trouble by making truffles
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dale Anderson wanted to help kids by teaching them building trades skills. He ended up teaching them how to make truffles. Zinta Aistars has the story on how he made that leap with them at Confections with Convictions.
Knee-High Naturalists introduces world of wonder
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Petting reptiles and learning about amphibians too--it’s all in a day for Knee-High Naturalists. Margaret DeRitter reports on the program that draws kids from across the region to Binder Park Zoo for an up-close visit with nature.
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