Family Economic Security

Economic stability is one of the more important determinants of a child's well-being. We believe making sure families have the supports they need to work for livable wages and climb out of poverty is one of the biggest keys to improving the lives of children.

A Campaign to End Child Poverty in Wisconsin

Kids Forward Board President, Nancy Heykes, delivered the following remarks at the End Child Poverty Campaign launch in Menasha, WI on December 14, 217. For more information about the campaign and to sign on to the campaign, please visit  “Kids Forward (formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families) stands up for kids and […]

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Meet the New Kids Forward

Kids Forward Executive Director Ken Taylor delivered the following remarks at our rebranding launch event, A New Name, A New Look, A Renewed Mission, on July 11, 2017. “One of the keys to our organization’s longevity is that we have been willing and able to look forward and change with the times. Our name change is […]

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It Just Isn’t Right!!: Part II – Suspensions and Expulsions by Race and Ethnicity in Wisconsin

In Part 1 of this blog, we described the data on suspensions and expulsion by race/ethnicity in the United States. But, what about Wisconsin? Unfortunately, rates of suspensions and expulsions in Wisconsin are more disparate than they are nationally. According to 2013-14 data from the Department of Public Instruction: Only about 4% of all students were […]

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Pediatricians’ Group Takes on Larger Role in Mitigating Impacts of Poverty

Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) took an important step in recognizing the tremendous impact of child poverty and other social determinants of health in child development. They also recognized the critical role pediatricians can and should play in identifying and helping to address the needs of patients impacted by poverty. We applaud […]

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Senate May Consider Proposal that Could Adversely Affect Public Benefit Programs

As the Assembly wrapped up its work last Thursday, it passed a measure that could significantly change public benefit programs in Wisconsin. That might be positive or negative – depending on how two state agencies respond to the open-ended directive to develop changes. The proposal in question, Assembly Joint Resolution 109, is very vague and […]

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