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Tell us what you believe should be top priorities related to children, youth and families this election season! Share your views by participating in our brief four-question survey.  Help us inform the candidates about the issues that really matter for our children, families and communities. Thank you!

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Sandbox News You Can Use

Often overlooked, the race for the Michigan Board of Education is more important this year than in past years with the impending retirement of state school chief Mike Flanagan.  This week’s Sandbox Party bulletin discusses this race and others for state attorney general and secretary of state. Read the latest in the   Sandbox Party bulletin

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Youths, Teens Take the Stage

We’re excited about the launch of our Youth-led Candidate Forums in four Michigan communities starting this week. We kick it off in Kalamazoo on Thursday (6-8 p.m.) at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street.  Everyone is welcome. Partners include the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network. See our forum page for other listings. Turn out and bring a friend!


Why Get


We know that when people are informed about issues that impact families they are more willing and likely to speak up for children’s issues and support candidates — and elected and appointed officials — who put children and families first in their decision-making.

When government representatives make children and families a priority, it increases the likelihood for investments in health, social and education supports children need to succeed in school and in life.  Particularly for challenged children – those from low-income families and families of color – these investments are critical for building a brighter future for Michigan as a whole.

Why This



The 2014 election is a big year for big decisions.  And it’s hugely important for Michigan families.  The entire state Legislature — 110 House members and 38 Senators — are up for election.  On the federal side, Michigan has a U.S. Senate race, and all U.S. House seats are on the ballot.

The people elected to these positions will make decisions on policies impacting families and children, setting the direction for our state for years to come. That’s why it’s critically important that the people who are elected put children’s interests first.  The only way to make sure that our elected officials make children a priority is for all of us to become active participants in the election process.

Remember. Children can’t vote. That’s why you should.

Who We Are

The Michigan’s Children Sandbox Party is the state’s leading non-partisan grassroots advocacy network for children, youth and families. We advance state policies, practices and investments that support health, development and learning from cradle to career.

What We Do

Outreach. We alert you to opportunities to become an engaged voter and ways to reach out to candidates seeking public office.

Advocacy.  We offer you tips and tools to help you effectively engage candidates.

Information. We provide timely and valuable information about what is at stake in this election and whether the candidates are talking about it.

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