Tomorrow afternoon, Governor Walker will deliver his State of the State address. Traditionally, governors have not used the State of the State address to focus on the well-being of children, but they should. Today’s children grow up to be tomorrow’s workers, caregivers, and leaders. If we want to have a healthy, well-educated workforce that can […]
This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. To kick off the week, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families has put together a policy brief highlighting the progress made in Wisconsin on lead poisoning prevention, the need for more work, and potential solutions. Lead poisoning is particularly prevalent in Wisconsin, in large part due […]
According to Think Progress, a movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October is spreading throughout the country. Since the adoption of the first Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992 by the city of Berkeley, California, many other communities, cities, states and other types of municipalities are following suit. Just last week, […]
With some recent statistics showing a rise in violent crime in some of our nation’s larger cities, I fear a “déjà vu’ all over again” rise of language and messaging that is eerily similar to the “superpredator” scare of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s that led to some of the more regressive changes in […]
Wisconsin mothers have more education than they have had in the past, a trend associated with improvements in child well-being. But progress has been uneven.
The typical Wisconsin family was better off in 2015 than in 2014, but Wisconsin residents still earn less than they did before the recession.
Something we don’t always think about as youth go through the juvenile justice system – or in some cases diverted from the formal system into municipal courts or even other diversion programs – is that often various fines and fees are assessed on the youth and/or the parents. A new report from the Juvenile Law […]
Kids in Crisis, USA Today Network’s lengthy investigation on challenges children with mental health issues face, has developed a 10-point Legislation Action Tracker. You can check out this list and follow it over time to see if our state’s leadership takes the kind of steps recommended to improve the lives of thousands of children/youth/families across […]
According to information in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Wisconsin children rank 13th overall on critical measures of child well-being. Strengths in education and some economic indicators mean that in comparison to their peers in other states, many of our children are doing well. While the […]
A recent story published by Frontline highlights that in the last seven years, five states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi, and New Hampshire) have raised the age at which youth can be tried as adults. South Carolina and Louisiana have also recently passed legislation, expected to be signed into law soon that will raise their age […]