Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

We often hear the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”, and no words ring truer during National “Make a Difference to Children” Month. While parents play a large role in their children’s lives, there are also many other adults, such as aunts and uncles, neighbors, friends and mentors that also help build positive futures for children of all ages.

Research shows the relationships children have with other adults are vitally important in helping them grow their sense of community and self-worth.  Additionally, having positive relationships with other adults, in addition to their mother and father, has been proven to help children build resiliency, develop social skills and make better life choices.

A special celebration was held today at the Wisconsin Executive Residence honoring the academic accomplishments of current and former foster youth. First Lady Tonette Walker gave the keynote speech during the Department of Children and Families’ fifth annual Foster Youth Graduation Ceremony. She was joined by DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson and State Superintendent Tony Evers in recognizing these young adults for their recent graduations from high school or for reaching other post-secondary educational milestones.

Governor Walker's budget includes a proposal to end the child care subsidy cliff. This common sense reform is based on the principal that no government program should ever be designed in a way to serve as a disincentive for people to take a promotion or accept a higher paying job. For Wisconsin to have the workforce we need to continue to grow our economy well into the future, we need to be sure all our children have access to high quality child care. Eliminating the child care cliff is an important step in the right direction.  

Do you know which child care providers have star power? With DCF's YoungStar website, accessing quality child care for working parents will be easier than ever! Together we can help Wisconsin's little stars shine bright!

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is targeting the issue of poverty in Wisconsin’s most economically disadvantaged areas with an exciting new subsidized work program. The Transitional Jobs (TJ) program is a public/private partnership that teams local businesses looking for a low-risk way to expand their workforce with eligible unemployed or underemployed job-seekers in need of training and mentorship. The program has a specific focus of helping people with high-barriers gain the skills needed to transition into long-term, family sustaining jobs.

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