Economic Recovery Slow for Wisconsin Families.
More People in Poverty, Fewer with Private Health Insurance. WCCF has analyzed county-level Census Bureau data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage for 21 Wisconsin counties, and found that state residents have not yet fully rebound from the impact of the recession that began five years ago. For example, the Council’s analysis found that in Wisconsin, the 2012 child poverty rate was 18.2%, well above the 13.4% rate in 2008; and median household income was $51,100 in 2012, compared to $55,600 in 2008 (adjusted for inflation). Read WCCF's brief. Also, download fact sheets for all 21 counties we examined, and see WCCF's related press release.
2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Conditions are slowly improving in some regards for Wisconsin’s children, but they remain considerably worse-off economically than they were before the recession. The 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book, published each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, paints a mixed picture both nationally and in Wisconsin—encouraging gains mixed in among signs of an agonizingly slow recovery.
The good news for Wisconsin is that the state’s overall ranking improved from 15th last year to 12th in 2013. The state’s rank in two of the four broad categories—Health and Economic Well-being—improved. Wisconsin held steady at number 18 in the Family and Community category, but fell from 10th to 12th in Education. Of the 16 indicators that make up those broad categories, Wisconsin’s rank improved in 11, dropped in four, and stayed the same in one. Most of the data used in the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book are from 2011, which in many cases is the most recent available.Click here to access the 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book.The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center is now easier to use. Access hundreds of child well-being indicators related to education, employment and income, health, poverty and youth risk factors. Data are available for the nation and for states, as well as for many cities, school districts, counties and congressional districts. Click here to access the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
WisKids Count Snapshots of Child Well-Being for Selected Counties.
As part of the 2012 KIDSCOUNT project, WCCF has researched and summarized some key indicators of child well-being for selected Wisconsin counties. Many of the indicators are different than those captured in the national 2012 KIDSCOUNT report, but still provide a way to measure and track how children and families are doing in your county and compare with the state as a whole.
Kids Count in Milwaukee – Highlights of Milwaukee Children’s Well Being Data. WCCF has recently released the City of Milwaukee Kids Count poster, highlighting some of the key elements of children’s lives that reflect how well they are doing. In conjunction with other Kids Count information, including the Annie E. Casey 2012 Kids Count Data Book, we believe that presenting and monitoring indicators of child well-being is an important step in improving outcomes. We also firmly believe that data is not an end in itself; it must be relevant at the local level and is best viewed as a starting point to help focus and prioritize our actions. Without action to address our challenges, the data is irrelevant.
How much does it cost for juvenile delinquency services in Wisconsin? Wisconsin 2011 Act 32 required the Department of Corrections to gather information about juvenile justice services from around the state and compile into a report to the legislature. With help from the counties, that information has been compiled in a report to the legislature released in early July. The report, simply titled 2010 State and County Juvenile Justice Services, provides information on both state and county-level expenditures related to juvenile justice. WCCF has created a Juvenile Justice Expenditures Snapshot of the key fiscal data, illustrating changes in funding, changes in the number of youth served, and that state Youth Aids funds account for less than one-half of juvenile justice related expenditures.
Check out the WisKids Count Data Snapshots on Juvenile Justice Trends in Select Counties in the table below. These snapshots are a follow up to the state data posted last year, and it includes juvenile arrest information through 2010 – which will be updated when 2011 data is available. We continue to be concerned about racial disparities, and where that information is available it also is included. Counties continue to make strides in reducing correctional placements while at the same time lowering arrest numbers.
2012 KidsCount Data Book Finds Wisconsin Kids Losing Ground Compared to Other States. Overall ranking of 15th demonstrates a need to renew efforts on key components of child well-being. See WCCF press release. KIDS COUNT Data Book with state-by-state rankings and supplementa data is available here.
The WCCF publication Limiting Options for Undocumented Youth: Tuition Policy Closing Doors highlights the brief history of access to in-state tuition for undocumented students in Wisconsin, comparing what we have done to other states and summarizing both the personal and economic loss created by the 2011-13 budget decision to eliminate this opportunity for many youth (May, 2012).