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Vision 2020: Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin

2007 Kids Count Conference


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Vision 2020: A Campaign To End Child Poverty in Wisconsin by the Year 2020

  • Campaign Background

  • Campaign Tools

  • Campaign Challenges

    & Opportunities


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Campaign Background

Partners:

The Wisconsin Head Start Association

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families


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Background (continued)

  • Forming the partnership

  • Surveying members re. issue focus

  • Ending poverty vs. Reducing Poverty

  • Using the word “poverty” at all

  • Focus on policy solutions in 4 areas, building broad, sustainable, trained,

    statewide network of poverty advocates


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Poverty in Wisconsin by the Numbers

  • 192,000 Wisconsin

    children live below the

    federal poverty level.

  • Fully 1 in 6 Wisconsin kids

    under the age of 5 live in

    Poverty

  • The number of Wisconsin children

    living in extreme poverty has risen

    to 80,000 since 2000


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So, what’s the Vision?

  • Healthy Kids

  • Quality Early Care & Education

  • Safe, Affordable Housing

  • Quality Jobs


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Healthy Kids

Goal:

By the year 2020, all Wisconsin children

should have health insurance and access to

appropriate, timely and consistent

preventative care, dental and mental health

services.

(Current Grade = B-)


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Quality Early Care & Education

Goal: By 2020, Wisconsin will build a universally accessible system of quality early childhood education and care and after school programs that support optimal child development.

(Current Grade = B-)


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Safe, Affordable Housing

Goal:

By the year 2020, Wisconsin

must expand affordable housing

options to end family homelessness

and enable parents to raise their

children in healthy and nurturing

environments.

(Current Grade = C)


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Access to Family Supporting Jobs & Wages

Goal:

By the year 2020 every child

in Wisconsin will live in a

household with caregivers

who are prepared for and

have access to family

supporting wages.

(Current Grade = C+)


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Campaign Tools & Activities

  • Website: www.2020wi.org & listerve

  • Speakers for local groups, with local data/emphasis

  • Vision 2020 Video

  • Advocacy Camps & Trainings

  • Vision 2020 Report Card

  • Vision 2020 Pledge Cards

  • Vision 2020 Posters

  • Vision 2020 Bumper stickers

  • Vision 2020 Posters

  • Local Vision 2020 Coordinating Committees

  • Statewide Poverty Summit in 2008: Moving the Vision Forward


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The Challenges

  • Hopelessness – belief that change isn’t possible

  • Micro-level focus

  • Fears/misperceptions about “advocacy” & lack of advocacy know-how

  • Lack of coordination among different local efforts

  • Lack of information about best practices

  • Poverty awareness does not necessarily = action


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The Opportunities

  • Pockets of activity throughout the state

  • Great enthusiasm about the campaign

  • Ripe, compelling issues

  • Tremendous interest in advocacy training

  • Strong potential for local groups & emerging leadership

  • 2008 Elections (Presidential & legislative)


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Learn More About Vision 2020

Contact Vicky Selkowe at [email protected] or

(608) 284-0580, ext. 326

Visit www.2020wi.org


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