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Michigan’s 2019 Kids Count Report, Worst Ranking in the Great Lakes Region

The results for this 2019 Kids Count Data Book are in. It’s the most comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the United States.

The book measures state progress since the first data book published in 1990. Michigan has improved in many areas since 1990, but education, poverty and economic well-being remains the state’s low points.

Overall, Michigan ranked 32nd nationally, the worst ranking in the Great Lakes region. In the four domains, Michigan ranks: 30th in economic well-being, 37th in education, 29th in the family and community domain, and 18th in health.

Michigan Kids Count Director Alicia Guevara Warren told 9&10 News, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to compare ourselves to other states, how they’ve been able to come out of that recovery,”

Warren even calls Michigan a comeback state after a devastating recession: “Some families are doing better now than they were before.”

Owners of the Teddy Bear Daycare and Preschool, Anna and Beth Fryer, say the best way to learn is by playing.

Anna Fryer said, “With us being a nature explorer school we spend about 90 percent of our day outside and with that there’s not germs, they’re not cooped up in a school, and we also promote a lot of healthy eating.”

Michigan was also 1 of 12 states that experienced a decline in its child population since 1990, but it has diversified since then.

Beth Fryer said, “We’re all so different and so it might be that a teacher might spend two or three weeks talking about different colors of skin. And my skin is probably peach color and your skin is apricot. You know it’s just giving it names and respecting that.”

Warren says digging into the data to develop changes will boost Michigan’s numbers for the next Kids Count Data Book:

“Because when we do that, when we help all kids everyone’s going to do better, everyone’s going to thrive to those who need it the most,” said Warren.

Michigan is doing well in areas like child health care and low teen birth rates.

The state ranked 3rd in the country when it comes to our kids having health insurance.

A link to the full report can be found here: