2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book

Wisconsin ranks number 13 in overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While the ranking indicates that Wisconsin’s children are faring better than 37 other states, it’s critical to … Continue reading

Wraparound’s Recipe for Success

What makes wraparound and other systems of care approaches different than traditional service delivery systems?  What makes them both a challenge to implement in traditional bureaucracies?  WCCF’s, Wraparounds Recipe for Success,  highlights some of the lesser discussed system reforms and … Continue reading

Closing Gaps in Native American Health

Communities of color often face greater health challenges that lead to larger health disparities between them and their white peers. This is especially true for the Native American community. Continue reading

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Wisconsin’s Children

Childhood is often considered a carefree time of learning, exploration, and joy, unencumbered by the stress and demands of adult life. However, research shows that mental health concerns are common in children and, when left unaddressed, can have long-term negative outcomes Continue reading

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Child Care Market Survey Shows Payment Rates Disturbingly Low

It is no secret that the payment rates for the Wisconsin Shares (WI Shares) child care subsidy program have been on a steep decline for many years. Where are we now, and how did we get there? A recent child … Continue reading

2016 KIDS COUNT® Most Wisconsin Children Doing Pretty Well – Some, not so much

According to information in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Wisconsin children rank 13th overall on critical measures of child well-being.  Strengths in education and some economic indicators mean that in comparison … Continue reading

Where Will Wisconsin Youth Be When the Music Stops?

A recent story published by Frontline highlights that in the last seven years, five states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi, and New Hampshire) have raised the age at which youth can be tried as adults.  South Carolina and Louisiana have also … Continue reading

The Compelling Fiscal Logic for Expanding BadgerCare

Budget Project Analysis Counters the Cost Concerns Raised by Expansion Opponents   Suppose you could refinance your mortgage and initially save $100 per month, but the net savings would decline over a few years to $90 per month. Would you … Continue reading

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Celebrate with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

We are celebrating you and everything you do to support the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Over the years, you have helped improve the lives of every child in our state. Now we want to say “Thanks!” Thursday, April … Continue reading

The Big Share

Mark your calendars for March 1, 2016! That’s the date of the Big Share, Dane County’s day of on-line giving. Last year, WCCF participated in the Big Share for the first time, and supporters raised thousands of dollars during the … Continue reading

Labor Day Musings: How are our families doing? How does the U.S. measure up?

Labor Day celebrates contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The holiday makes me think about the hard-working families with young children in Wisconsin and across the country struggling to make ends meet … Continue reading

Annie E. Casey Releases the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book for 2015 showing that Wisconsin’s children – that is some, but not all – of Wisconsin’s children are doing fairly well on measure of child well-being.  … Continue reading