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Illinois Raises the Age

Illinois passed legislation last week that will return 17-year-olds who are charged with a misdemeanor to the juvenile court. Once this takes effect, Wisconsin will be one of only 11 states with an age of adult court jurisdiction lower than 17. By passing this legislation, Illinois became the second state in two years to return […]

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Implications of Economic Recovery Act for Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families has issued a comprehensive summary of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will affect Wisconsin. The document examines 60 parts of the bill, and in many instances indicates how much funding Wisconsin can expect. It focuses primarily on the portions of the stimulus package that relate to […]

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Governor Proposes Child Care Reforms

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that the governor is proposing a series of reforms, including addition of a quality rating system, to the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. Several of the changes will be included in his budget proposal, which he is unveiling this evening. In addition to the rating system, the reforms […]

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Benefits of preschool cited in research review

A review of 123 studies carried out over five decades concluded that there are substantial positive cognitive benefits for children who attend preschool education programs prior to entering kindergarten. Positive results were also found for children’s social skills and school progress. This summary of the meta-analysis was led by Gregory Camilli and included Steve Barnett, […]

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Debut of the "Budget Bob Show"

Well, he’s no Johnny Depp, but WCCF’s own Budget Bob has taken the tiny screen by storm. Visit the 2009-11 Budget Essentials page of our website to view the first installment of the “Budget Bob Show,” our series of short, lo-fi videos that provide an overview of the Wisconsin State Budget. The series covers such […]

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Girls Study Group Series: Juvenile Justice

The US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funds research on girls in the juvenile justice system. They are specifically looking at patterns of delinquency for girls, how they differ from boys, and risk and protective factors associated with girls’ delinquency. A series of short briefs have been released ; the two latest […]

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US Senate Passes SCHIP Bill

On Thursday, January 29, the US Senate voted 66 to 32 to extend and strengthen federal support for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Similar legislation was approved by Congress twice in 2007 with bipartisan support, but was vetoed by President Bush. “Passage of the SCHIP bill will enable Wisconsin to come extremely close […]

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Governor’s Juvenile Justice Committee Endorses Returning 17-year-olds to the Juvenile System

The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission unanimously endorsed returning 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system. Following a presentation by WCCF, WCHSA and the Sheriff’s Association, the Committee took up the issue formally for the first time in December. In their statement regarding age of jurisdiction, the Commission endorsed the following conclusions and recommendations: The Commission supports […]

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