Feature Story King's Kid Christian Daycare staff members Adrian Robinson, left, Lolita Granger, center and Tamara Jones laugh Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as they play with toys in one of the classrooms in the Detroit child care center.

MiLEAP fund provides essential equipment, upgrades for child care facilities

Quality child care is necessary, but not always available or affordable. The MiLEAP Caring for MI Future: Facilities Improvement Fund has launched a $59 million fund to provide new and expanding home-based and center-based facilities across the state.   

Longform People play basketball during a Pistons Neighbors program session in Rouge Park.

How parks help to address health equity in Metro Detroit

Alongside health clinics, food pantries, and community centers, southeast Michigan's parks are increasingly becoming important hubs for advancing health equity in their communities.

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Golf, robotics, dance and more: Kristy Schena offers fun programs for kids with special needsNonprofit Journal Project

Filling the gap in out-of-school programming, Kids On The Go offers year-round programming in sports, robotics, cooking and more for children with developmental challenges.

Feature Story Pages in the Park.

Pages in the Park: Metro-area libraries team up to bring reading outdoors

Following COVID-19, local libraries joined forces to bring reading to kids outdoors. The program was so popular it became its own summer series, featuring local parks.

Development News Downtown Farmington in 2023.

New grant program available to small businesses in these 15 Oakland County communities

"This grant program demonstrates our commitment to providing small businesses with the tools they need to become even more competitive in this digital age,” says County Executive Dave Coulter. 

Development News Velocity is located at 6633 18 Mile Rd. in Sterling Heights.

Macomb County's first small business pitch competition coming to Velocity this August

“This is a great opportunity for some of our small food producers to really show off their products while gaining additional exposure and a chance to win prizes along with wrap around support services,” says Vicky Rowinski, director of Macomb County Planning and Economic Development.

Development News Sterling Heights City Hall during the 2023 Sterling Heights' 44th Annual Memorial Day Parade.

From industrial to residential, Sterling Heights property values keep rising

“Our city’s strong property values, which continue to rise year after year, are a testament to the robust and thriving economy we have cultivated here in Sterling Heights,” says Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor.

Development News Eight high-quality reproductions of some of the DIA’s most notable masterworks can be found in Sterling Heights this summer and fall.

Where to find 8 DIA masterworks on the streets of Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights’ already robust collection of public artworks on display has been complemented this summer thanks to their inclusion in the 2024 Inside|Out program from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Feature Story Michigan Health and Hospital Association represents all community hospitals in the state.

How public health collaborations with hospitals benefit Michigan's communities

Yours, Mine and Ours — Public Health spoke with Lauren LaPine, Michigan Health and Hospital Association senior director of legislative and public policy about how various public health agencies and programs collaborate with hospitals across the state.  

Feature Story The Farmington Farmers Market is held each Saturday at Riley Park in downtown Farmington.

PHOTOS: The Farmington Farmers Market anchors Saturdays in downtown Farmington

Photographer David Lewinski documents Saturdays in downtown Farmington at their award-winning farmers market.

Feature Story Dodge Park Thursdays remain a summertime destination in Sterling Heights.

PHOTOS: Dodge Park Thursdays provide community a little bit of something for everyone

We sent photographer David Lewinski to find out why Sterling Heights is the place to be each and every Thursday this summer, and his photos do not disappoint.

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Meet the 85-year-old Michigan skydiver going for 1000 jumps

Would you skydive at 85? This pioneering legend from Michigan is going for her Gold Wings with 1000 jumps! She takes another leap near Lansing today.

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Hella cool! Artists are satisfying ‘90s nostalgia at Pine Knob in July

If you know the lyrics to "Semi-Charmed Life", remember what follows "Chocolate Starfish", or could dust off a Jagged Little Pill CD cover, then this month at Pine Knob is for you. Get your 90s fix this summer.

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BUILD expands startup services for small businesses into the City of Flint

The program doesn’t only provide participants with the necessary knowledge to grow their businesses, but will provide them with an immense networking system at no cost to participants. Upon completion, the participants will become a part of BUILD’s more than 2,600 alumni. 

Longform A new dock at Pontiac Oaks park, funded by Oakland County's Healthy Communities plan.

$20m Oakland County project will improve parks in county's underserved southern side

The Healthy Communities plan will bring five existing city parks into the county parks system, leading to improved infrastructure and maintenance, and support improvements at several other parks in the county. 

Longform The Inclusive Health Care Taskforce hosted an information and resource fair on June 13.

Michigan coalition works to address health disparities for older adults

A broad coalition of Michigan organizations has come together to address health disparities that affect Michigan's rapidly growing population of older adults.

Feature Story Deneweth’s Garden Center 

Thriving: Meet some of the longest-standing plant nurseries in Macomb County

In Macomb County, products from nurseries, greenhouses, floriculture, and sod, make more than $35 million in annual sales. We take a closer look at the people growing the industry.   

Partner Content OUCARES day camps create a space where autistic kids don’t feel judged, gain some independence from parents, and interact with peers.

Summertime is “a time of possibilities” and challenges for autistic kids and adults

Summer break creates opportunities for fun and family adventures along with the challenges of changing routines.

Longform Micah 6 is repurposing Webster Elementary, vacant since 2008, into a multi-purpose community center.

Repurposing community assets strengthens communities in Pontiac and Detroit

Michigan communities are repurposing spaces to bring services, create meeting places, and meet the many needs of neighborhood residents.

Longform Molly Brouwer, infant and family specialist; Bethany Vukusic, Maternal Infant Health Program team su

How public health cares for Michigan's infants and new parents

Michigan’s state and local public health systems make great efforts to ensure that expectant mothers and infants get the best start possible.

Nonprofit leaders across southeast Michigan are contributing their thoughts via journal entries on how COVID-19 is affecting their organization. 
This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Co.ACT. Click here to read the journal entries.