YoungStar 2015: We’re Turning Five!

This report is the sixth in a series of WCCF reports tracking the progress of Wisconsin’s YoungStar program, a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) launched in 2010 to improve the quality of Wisconsin child care programs. YoungStar focuses on children of low-income … Continue reading

Continuing Trends in Juvenile Justice in Wisconsin

This report is an update of prior reports and includes data up through 2014. Many of the trends noted in the earlier report have continued, as juvenile arrests have continued to decline and we have seen a growth in support for successful community-based programs. Continue reading

The New Health Insurance Landscape Infographic

As the new Marketplace Open Enrollment begins here’s an updated version of our infographic detailing how different groups are affected by the new health insurance landscape. Continue reading

Poverty in Wisconsin Infographic

Every person in Wisconsin deserves a chance to climb the economic ladder. But too many in Wisconsin are still trapped in poverty, years after the recession has ended. By making sure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, we can … Continue reading

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Biggest Public Policy Mistake: Not Investing in Quality Early Childhood Education

The United States needs to invest more in early childhood education, according to economist Jared Bernstein in his article in the Washington Post on February 1, 2016: Biggest Public Policy Mistake. He focused on the work of economist Tim Bartik, … Continue reading

Governor Walker fails to address racial disparities in Wisconsin’s education system

Recently, Governor Walker delivered his sixth State of the State Address emphasizing improvements in the job market, the state budget, and education. With regard to education, Governor Walker stated that “Our school students are doing well overall,” and pointed to … Continue reading

Lead Harms Wisconsin Children

The Flint water crisis has highlighted the damage that lead exposure inflicts on children, families, and communities. In Flint, residents were exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water after a governor-appointed city manager, with an eye towards … Continue reading

Sheboygan County Launching Community Partnership for Children

Early learning and development has been a hot topic for Sheboygan County, and exciting new efforts are underway. In a 2014 blog I wrote about Brown County’s breakthrough effort to make sure all newborn babies receive a Welcome Baby visit. … Continue reading

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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

Race to Equity Scholarship

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Race to Equity Project are pleased to announce the availability of two “Race to Equity” scholarships. One $1000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship will be awarded to two students graduating from … Continue reading