Our community’s agenda for change supports Holistic Family Stability

Vision: A Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life

Scholars and community leaders consistently point to similar strategies for family stability and mobility from poverty: coordinated holistic programs and policies that support and empower a multi-generational family to focus on high-quality employment, early childhood education, and housing.

Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

All children start school with the skills, experiences and relationships they need to be kindergarten-ready and have success in school.

80% of our 4-year olds will be at age-expected development and ready to begin school by 2020

% at age-expected development, measures of kindergarten readiness at age 4

Identifying and addressing issues early, during the most important and formative time in a child’s cognitive development, gives children the opportunity to start school ready to learn. Significant adversity impairs development in the first three years of life—and the more adversity a child faces, the greater the odds of a developmental delay. Providing supports to parents and caregivers, in the form of education, supportive relationships through home visiting programs, and wrap around services such as education and employment support, and housing support, assists parents in their role as their child’s first teachers and addresses poverty the a family is currently facing. Ensuring an educated workforce of the future begins in early childhood, supporting children now addresses their future potential for living in poverty.

Students succeed academically and graduate from high school prepared for higher education, career and community.

Eliminate the racial academic achievement gap and improve graduation rate for an educated future workforce.

Increase graduation rate in Dane County to 95% by 2020

High school graduation rate evaluated by district and race

Reading at 4th grade evaluated by district and race.

Completion of algebra by 10th grade, evaluated by district and race.

High school diploma is foundational to preparing for the workforce and earning family-sustaining wages

More people are on pathways out of poverty.

Create economic stability for young families with children, hire people out of poverty and reduce racial economic gap and reduce the return to prison rate.

Increase the number of young families, especially families of color, that have stable employment, housing, and whose children are at age-expected development

Place 240 people living in poverty in jobs with minimum 1-year retention

90% of the released offenders to Dane County will not return to prison within two years of their release

Employment rates, housing stability

Number of people who get and retain a job over one year

Prison re-incarceration  rate

Holistically help families achieve foundation to move out of poverty

People in poverty attain/retain jobs with family-sustaining wages

Formerly incarcerated will remain in poverty unless they successfully reintegrate back into the community

There is a decrease in family homelessness.

Help families with children prevent eviction or obtain and maintain housing by addressing barriers, connecting to community resources, and building stable living situations

Prevent and end family homelessness.

Number of Dane County families and children in shelter

Number of stably housed families

Families in extreme poverty are stabilized in housing and are better able to find and maintain employment

Stably-housed children are more successful in school

People’s health issues are identified and treated early.

Address behavioral health issues that interfere with a student’s ability to learn and stay in school

reduce uninsured rates for the economically disadvantaged

Increase graduation rate to 95% by 2020

Enroll uninsured in Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Number of 6th grade students screened and treated for trauma, depression, anxiety

Reduction in 9th grade truancy/dropout

Enrollment in HealthConnect

Children in poverty are affected by long-term toxic stress and trauma. Addressing these issues early prevents truancy and dropping-out.

HealthConnect provides insurance premium subsidy so poor people can obtain care

Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

Prevent senior institutionalization from adverse drug events and falls

Youth with disabilities successfully transition from school to work

Reduce the rate and number of adverse drug events and falls of Dane County older adults by 20% by 2022.

85% of youth with emotional and behavioral disorders transition to post-secondary education and/or employment by 2020

Number/rate of hospitalizations and Emergency Dept. visits due to adverse drug events and falls.

Number of youth successfully transitioning from high school to post-secondary education or employment

Comprehensive medication reviews and falls prevention classes are free to low-income seniors

Institutionalization economically destabilizes families

Prevent poverty for disabled young adults

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