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The mission of Kids Forward is to inspire action and promote access to opportunity for every kid, every family, and every community in Wisconsin. We envision a Wisconsin where every child thrives.

Kids Forward aspires to make Wisconsin a place where every child thrives by advocating for effective, long-lasting solutions that break down barriers to success for children and families. Through research, policy analysis, public education, community engagement, and advocacy, Kids Forward works to improve outcomes for children in areas of early care and education, health, economic security, racial equity, tax and budget issues, and juvenile justice. Kids Forward is the oldest multi-issue child and family advocacy organization in the country. We believe in standing up for kids.

Kids Forward was established in 1881 as the Wisconsin Conference on Charities and Corrections. For well over a century, the organization has focused on improving conditions for families and children through policy change, expanded public investments, and public education that lead to improvements in outcomes and practices in the delivery of publicly funded health care, education, workforce development, and social services.

Kids Forward is a private, non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization with offices in Madison,Wisconsin. We have a 15-member staff and operate under the strategic guidance of a statewide board of directors made up of representatives of schools, business, local government, health care, the faith community, the judiciary, and social service organizations.