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vision 2020 a campaign to end child poverty in wisconsin by the year 2020
Vision 2020: A Campaign To End Child Poverty in Wisconsin by the Year 2020
  • Campaign Background
  • Campaign Tools
  • Campaign Challenges

& Opportunities

campaign background
Campaign Background

Partners:

The Wisconsin Head Start Association

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

background continued
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

poverty in wisconsin by the numbers
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

so what s the vision
So, what’s the Vision?
  • Healthy Kids
  • Quality Early Care & Education
  • Safe, Affordable Housing
  • Quality Jobs
healthy kids
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-)

quality early care education
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-)

safe affordable housing
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)

access to family supporting jobs wages
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+)

campaign tools activities
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
the challenges
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
the opportunities
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)
learn more about vision 2020
Learn More About Vision 2020

Contact Vicky Selkowe at vselkowe@wccf.org or

(608) 284-0580, ext. 326

Visit www.2020wi.org