Preschool Tops Survey Results

High-quality preschool was identified as a top priority this election season by respondents who took the Michigan’s Children Sandbox Party online survey. Also high on the list: Consistent, accessible behavioral services and childcare. Nearly 90 people identified as parents, early childhood educators, community leaders and others responded.


Sandbox News You Can Use

The latest Sandbox Party bulletin compiles some quick links and resources to make it easier for you to make sense of your ballot on Nov. 4.  Who you elect to represent your community does matter. Whether or not you vote matters.  Vote with kids in mind.  Read the Sandbox Party bulletin.

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Macomb Youth-Candidate Forum Big Success

Funding of mental health services for teens was on the minds of Macomb County students who led our fourth and final Michigan’s Children teen-led candidate forum in Mount Clemens High School.  The event started with a color guard, the singing of the national anthem and spirited debate.    Read more


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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