2009.11.17 Kay Barber: State budget should show supporty for children

Written by David Green. Posted in Letters

It’s the middle of November and the State of Michigan fiscal year 2010 budget has been finalized; there were no winners. The cuts were deep and will affect every one of us.

As a member of the Lenawee County Great Start Parent Collation, I have paid particular attention to those cuts that affect children. Funding for child care, K-12 education, early childhood education and public health programs were among those that saw cuts, and the final list is long and depressing.

This state budget is a reality and as I review this list of cuts I ask myself what do we do now? Two things come to mind:

1. We can come together as a community and support each other. Since I’ve had kids I realize how much truth there is in the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Where would we be as moms without the advice of other moms; we seek it at every milestone, big and small.

2. We can continue to let our representatives in Lansing and Washington know how much our children mean to us. I have seen that Lenawee County is a community that cares about our kids. In order for Michigan to have a strong future we need to invest in our greatest asset–our children.

I belong to a group that shares these two views, the Lenawee County Great Start Parent Collation. We are a group of parents that gathers once a month to connect with each other and share our wisdom (whether it comes from failure or success). We have discussions about potty training, preschool and everything in between. We enjoy a brief break from all the responsibilities that comes with being a parent (and childcare is provided).

We also have a passion for advocacy. We have taken trips to Lansing, met with legislators, and written more than a few letters to let those who govern know we want the best for our kids.

If you are like me and care about kids in Lenawee County, I encourage you to join us. Check out the Lenawee Great Start website at www.lenaweegreatstart.org  or give us a call at 517/424-1000. We hope you can join us in making Lenawee County a great place for kids.

– Kay Barber
711 Company St., Adrian

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