Child Death Toll: Wisconsin Children Killed by Guns

Every year, children in Wisconsin are killed by guns. They die from their own hands, when they use a gun to commit suicide, or by the hands of other adults and children, who intentionally shoot them. Continue reading

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Taxes and the Budget Process

After the completion of the 2015-17 biennial budget bill, legislators continued to propose a wide variety of changes relating to tax policy. Continue reading

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Higher Education

Lawmakers passed several minor bills to expand opportunity for college students, but did not address the issue of helping students who graduate with a large amount of student loan debt. Continue reading

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Criminal Justice

Legislators passed several bills that affect public safety and the state’s corrections system, and they also missed several opportunities to make major improvements to those systems. Continue reading

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Washington State Shows the Way to Quality Child Care

Washington State is demonstrating how to reform child care. In most states, the child care subsidy programs are struggling, and sustaining truly high quality child care is out of reach. But Washington has blazed a trail worth considering.

Infant and Toddler Development Builds the Foundation for School Readiness and Later Success

Research on development of infants and toddlers is the focus of a new message from the Office of Child Care in Washington, D.C. The report highlights research in the key domains that are foundational for later school readiness and success, … Continue reading

The High Cost of Parental Incarceration on Children

Not only is the cost of incarcerating individuals in Wisconsin high (about $1.5 billion annually), but according to a new KIDS COUNT® policy report released today, approximately 88,000 children living in Wisconsin have experienced the separation of a parent who … Continue reading

High-Quality Early Childhood Education Can Narrow the Achievement Gaps for African American and Hispanic Children

Implementing a universal high-quality prekindergarten program has the potential to substantially narrow racial/ethnic disparities in academic readiness at kindergarten entry, according to a recent blog, How much can high-quality Universal Pre-K reduce achievement gaps? by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

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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