Speaking for Kids, the podcast from Michigan’s Children

by Michigan's Children

Each month, Speaking for Kids the podcast will bring you a variety of crucial conversations with people making public policy – and the voices of the people impacted by those decisions in Michigan. Our goal will be to help you strengthen your voice to speak up for the changes we need to improve Michigan’s kids' & families' lives. In this and future podcasts, we’ll explore encouraging champions like you to get involved in the iss... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E12 - The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care

    S01 E12 - The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care

    Michigan’s Children’s Speaking for Kids Podcast with Matt Gillard returns with senior economist Tim Bartik, of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, to address the acute and long-term crisis in child care, its impact on la...

    29:45
  • S01 E11 - Fostering Early Childhood Mental Health: A Timely Talk with Eminent Researcher, Dr. Walter Gilliam

    S01 E11 - Fostering Early Childhood Mental Health: A Timely Talk with Eminent Researcher, Dr. Walter Gilliam

    “I look at data for a living, but rarely do I ever do statistical analysis and look at the data and want to cry over it,” Yale University’s eminent child psychiatrist Dr. Walter Gilliam told Michigan’s Children’s Matt Gillard on t...

    27:18
  • S01 E10 - Tax Reform: Which Plan Works Best for Children, Youth and Families?

    S01 E10 - Tax Reform: Which Plan Works Best for Children, Youth and Families?

    Michigan's Children President & CEO Matt Gillard sat down with former State Treasurer Nick Khouri to discuss the most recent state tax proposals under debate in Lansing, and the potential impact on state revenues and future inves...

    25:15
  • S01 E09 - Reforming Kinship Care in Michigan

    S01 E09 - Reforming Kinship Care in Michigan

    What are kinship families and why are they gaining greater attention in Michigan, most recently among recommendations of a House Task Force on Adoption and Foster Care? Speaking for Kids Podcast Host Matt Gillard, president & CEO ...

    29:59
  • S01 E08 - What Build Back Better Will Mean for Michigan with Sen. Debbie Stabenow

    S01 E08 - What Build Back Better Will Mean for Michigan with Sen. Debbie Stabenow

    Senator Debbie Stabenow joins Matt Gillard from Michigan's Children for a special edition of Speaking for Kids to discuss the Senate prospects for the Build Back Better act. The senior senator from Michigan offers her take on pass...

    17:36