Are We At the Crossroads for Wisconsin Child Care?

The Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program (WI Shares), launched in 1997 as part of new welfare reform measures, was developed to support low-income families coming off welfare going to work, and to help low-income working families stay off of welfare. Continue reading

Health Care for Kids: How Wisconsin Lost and Could Regain Its National Prominence

For most of the last 20 years, Wisconsin has been a national leader in the percentage of children with health insurance. Unfortunately, that leadership has slipped in recent years, and Wisconsin is no longer among the best states when it comes to ensuring that children have access to quality, cost-effective health care Continue reading

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

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Home Visiting Takes a Hit

Unfortunately Wisconsin’s most significant home visiting program is facing a 20% cut in federal funding, resulting in a total funding drop from over $12 million to $10.4 million. The cut in Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting program is likely to … Continue reading

Balancing the Medicaid Budget: Opportunities and Challenges

The budget request submitted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) last week estimates that Wisconsin’s share of the cost of maintaining the Medicaid budget will grow by about $452 million during the next two fiscal years (2017-19), relative to … Continue reading

All about Poverty in Wisconsin, in Five Charts

The typical Wisconsin family was better off in 2015 than in 2014, but Wisconsin residents still earn less than they did before the recession. Continue reading

Are Preschools Taking the Fun Out of Learning?

I was browsing the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association website and found an intriguing article from the Atlantic magazine, The New Preschool is Crushing Kids. The article, by Erika Christakis, suggests that work is replacing play in early learning settings … Continue reading

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WCCF Announces Scholarship Winners

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families is excited to announce that Evelyn Cuellar of Madison West High School, Elijah Holmes of Madison East High School, Karla Garcia of Spencer High School, and CeCe Brown of Oshkosh West High School … Continue reading

Step Forward for Kids on September 21, 2016

For 135 years the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families has been working hard to move children and families forward-whether that meant fighting tuberculosis in the 1890’s, helping families access mental health services in the 1950’s, or advocating for fair … Continue reading

Race to Equity Scholarship Announcement

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and Race to Equity are pleased to announce the availability of four “Race to Equity” scholarships for spring 2017 high school graduates who plan to enroll in secondary education or vocational training. One $1000 and one $500 scholarship will be awarded to two Dane County high school graduates. One $1000 and one $500 scholarship will be awarded to two high school graduates outside of Dane County and within the state of Wisconsin. Continue reading

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