STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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This special reporting project wrapped up in May 2017. Read more.

Free day care changed this family’s future. An anonymous donor made it possible.

Amanda Hood and family
Courtesy of Amanda Hood
Amanda Hood poses with her husband and daughters Emma and Gracie.


Among the hundreds of stories produced by the State of Opportunity team was one about a Hillsdale family, Amanda and Mike Hood, and their two young daughters.

Their story put a spotlight on the challenges low-income families face in finding affordable child care and preschool. 

At the time of this 2013 report from Jennifer Guerra, the oldest daughter Emma was five, and little Gracie two. Take a listen here.

Amanda Hood spoke to Stateside about how her life has changed since that report and how a State of Opportunity listener played a role in her family's success. 

To hear Stateside's full State of Opportunity special, click here.

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