Wisconsin Council for Children & Families
All children live in families that can provide for their needs and invest in their future. The Partnership supports:
- Tax and economic policies that enable working families to have sufficient income to raise their children (EITC, minimum wage, and other income policies)
- Initiatives that enable families to invest in themselves and their children’s development (IDAs, children’s trust funds, affordable higher education, and post-secondary training opportunities)
- Family support policies that allow families to meet basic health and living needs (health care, child care subsidies, affordable housing, TANF, SSI, Food Stamps, WIC)
- Family and community strengthening services and supports which foster resiliency, build social ties and connections, and build community
Every state has its own laws, policies and program that affect family stability and economic security. As a result, Partnership for America’s Children members work to improve families’ ability to provide for their children in a wide variety of ways. Below are some of the approaches our members have taken recently to ensure that all children live in families that can provide for their needs and invest in their futures, and initiatives that have been successful:
The Connecticut Association for Human Services helped lead a decade-long campaign to create a state EITC; the credit, finally passed in 2011, has varied from 25-30% of the federal EITC, putting more than $500 in the hands of 190,000 low-income families each year.
Connecticut Voices for Children advocated for new state revenue that made their tax code more progressive and restored over $300 million in cuts to programs that support children and families, including developmental services, K-12 education, and family health coverage.
Because childhood poverty can lead to a lifetime of challenges including cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in New York state promotes policies that strengthen and support families, including prenatal and postpartum supports, services for families with young children, and policies that secure or supplement family income.
The Children’s Agenda in Rochester, New York serves on the Steering Committee of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Task Force, appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The task Force includes heads of all state agencies and a counterpart local initiative with leadership from government, business, philanthropic, faith, and higher education.
Voices for Utah Children led the advocacy effort that to pass legislation that created an Intergenerational Poverty Commission with the goal of creating a database and establishing five- and ten-year plans.