For America to reach its full economic, democratic, and moral potential, all children must have the opportunity to grow, develop, and thrive. We know that what children need: strong families; environments that support healthy early brain development; and the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills. We know from decades of work in foster care […]
Boosted by sound federal, state and local policy investments, Wisconsin’s children experienced marked progress in well-being placing the state 12th in the nation for overall child well-being, according to 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank states across four domains—economic well-being, education, health, and family and community context. […]
Wisconsin has made significant headway in keeping children safe from firearms, but progress has stalled in recent years. Between 1999 and 2009, the number of children killed with guns dropped by more than a third, but since 2010 the number of children killed each year has stayed fairly level
To create a vibrant and economically competitive future for Wisconsin, every child, every family, and every community must be given the opportunity to thrive. In Wisconsin, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities when it comes to income and wealth. Wisconsin needs to make sure that every child has access to the opportunities they need […]
The number of arrests of people age 17 and under has dropped sharply in Wisconsin in recent years. The decrease reflects a drop in crime committed by juveniles, as well as changes in law enforcement practices.
The harmful effects of lead poisoning are well-document, particularly with the news coverage surrounding Flint, Michigan. Lead poisoning harms the development of the brain and nervous system and is therefore most detrimental to children. These developmental impacts result in, among other things, reduced attention span and reading and learning disabilities.
Wisconsin ranks number 13 in overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While the ranking indicates that Wisconsin’s children are faring better than 37 other states, it’s critical to note that Wisconsin’s children of color face some of the greatest racial disparities in the […]
What makes wraparound and other systems of care approaches different than traditional service delivery systems? What makes them both a challenge to implement in traditional bureaucracies? WCCF’s, Wraparounds Recipe for Success, highlights some of the lesser discussed system reforms and implementation strategies that make a wraparound/systems of care approach different than implementing traditional services and […]
Communities of color often face greater health challenges that lead to larger health disparities between them and their white peers. This is especially true for the Native American community.
Childhood is often considered a carefree time of learning, exploration, and joy, unencumbered by the stress and demands of adult life. However, research shows that mental health concerns are common in children and, when left unaddressed, can have long-term negative outcomes