Where to go from here
The Normal was Never Enough campaign is working to bring attention to childhood disparities in Kent County. While many are working at the community level to bring about change, we know that policy plays a big role in helping “to build a community where children are happy, healthy and living their best childhoods.”
As the November election approaches, we encourage you to get to know your candidates. This is a perfect time to find out what you can about them, attend a meet and greet event, and peruse their campaign websites.
Services for Children
We know what works for young children. Advocate for investments in programs and services that are proven to help children be healthy and ready for school. What are some of the specifics? Make it easier for families to afford quality child care and support living wages for providers and teachers. Ensure early intervention, home visiting, preventive care services, and tuition-free preschool are available to every family that wants and needs them. Strengthen how families learn about and access programs and services. You can help by actively supporting efforts led by partners and allies to improve the wellbeing of young children.
Michigan’s existing Housing and Community Development Fund hasn’t received state funding since 2012 and doesn’t have resources to meet the needs of families across Michigan who don’t have affordable housing. You can help by learning more about efforts to identify a dedicated revenue stream to ensure enough stable funding is available to increase access to safe, affordable housing in opportunity-rich communities for families with low incomes