Returning 17-Year-Olds to the Juvenile Justice System: Reducing Crime and Saving Money

Objective: To return jurisdiction over first-time, non-violent 17-year-old offenders to the juvenile court, making our communities safer and resulting in substantial savings from reduced costs of law enforcement, court processing, and losses to victims. Background: With the adoption of the … Continue reading

Wisconsin’s Uninsured Rates: New Data Underscore the Importance of Preserving the Affordable Care Act

A new WCCF analysis of the recent National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) data and how the data regarding the uninsured underscores the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act. Read more here

Top 10 Reasons to Take the Federal Funds to Improve BadgerCare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides funding for states to expand health insurance coverage for low-income adults who have income below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). That part of the ACA gave Wisconsin a great opportunity to close a very large gap in BadgerCare – coverage for “childless adults” (adults who aren’t custodial parents of a dependent child). 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

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Why Wisconsin Should Expand BadgerCare – In One Graph

There are lots of reasons why Wisconsin should expand BadgerCare, but a graph in a Kaiser Commission report issued last week makes it especially clear. That bar graph, shown below, vividly illustrates that from a budget perspective no other state has … Continue reading

Federal Funding for Home Visiting Extended 2 Years

Children and families won a big victory when the Congress voted for a two-year extension of home visiting programs. The home visiting program, officially known as the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Visiting (MIECHV Program), supports voluntary, evidence-based, home visiting … Continue reading

Best Practices in Public-Private Partnership for Kids: Fox Valley

Fox Valley leaders have launched the Community Early Learning Center (CELC) in Appleton, with a mission to “ensure that by age 5, all our children have the foundation to achieve their full potential.” The multi-agency center focuses on the families … Continue reading

Governors’ 2015 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education

Lots of state governors, both Republicans and Democrats, are talking about Early Care and Education. Including those in our neighboring states of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana. But not the governor of Wisconsin.

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March 25: An Evening with the Race to Equity Team

Come to the American Family DreamBank to meet the members of the Race to Equity Project and get an update on what they’re working on and how they are moving forward to address racial disparities in Dane County. While at … Continue reading

The Race to Equity Project’s Statement on the Death of Tony Robinson

The Race to Equity Project is deeply saddened by the news that Tony Robinson, a 19 year old African American male, was shot and killed by a Madison police officer. Tony was a loving son, brother and valued friend. He … Continue reading

Issues & Ales

In light of the events surrounding the death of Tony Robinson the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Race to Equity Project have decided to cancel this Wednesday, March 11th Issues and Ales panel discussion. The scheduled panel discussion conflicts with other mobilization activities scheduled for this week. We encourage you to find other opportunities in our community and become engaged. Continue reading

Support for early childhood education is bipartisan: Comments from Governors all across the country

Is investing in early learning and development a bipartisan issue? Yes, according to a recent post by Eye on Early Education: Governors Across America Talk About Early Childhood Education. The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) reports, “According to the Education … Continue reading