The Impact of the Seven-Year Freeze of Child Care Payment Rates. Current Rates Cover Cost of Only 23% of Child Care Slots. This new analysis by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) shows that in nearly every Wisconsin county and tribe, child care programs serving Wisconsin Shares families were paid less than the going rate for the private child care market. Read the analysis. See related WCCF press release.
Economic Recovery Slow for Wisconsin Families.
More People in Poverty, Fewer with Private Health Insurance. WCCF has analyzed county-level Census Bureau data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage for 21 Wisconsin counties, and found that state residents have not yet fully rebound from the impact of the recession that began five years ago. For example, the Council’s analysis found that in Wisconsin, the 2012 child poverty rate was 18.2%, well above the 13.4% rate in 2008; and median household income was $51,100 in 2012, compared to $55,600 in 2008 (adjusted for inflation). Read WCCF's brief. Also, download fact sheets for all 21 counties we examined, and see WCCF's related press release.
“Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County.”This new report summarizes the first year of data collection conducted by WCCF’s Race to Equity project, a multi-year initiative whose goal is to explore, measure, and analyze the extent and pattern of disparities in key measures of well-being between African Americans and whites in Dane County (October 3, 2013). View/Download the report at the Race To Equity website.
“2nd Chance” Bill Would Return Nonviolent, First-Time 17-Year-Old Offenders to the Juvenile Court System. A bipartisan group of legislators—with the support of legal groups, youth advocates,
mental health professionals, and others—is circulating a bill that would return first-time,
nonviolent 17-year-old offenders to the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system (September 5, 2013). Read the press release. See related FAQs and more.