First 5 Fox Valley’s (F5FV) advocacy and leadership in early childhood development extend far beyond their local community. They participate on various task forces and advisory groups, both at the state and national levels, to discuss data-driven projects aimed at improving outcomes for young children. Their involvement in these initiatives underscores their dedication to creating a brighter future for our youngest generation.
The Raising Wisconsin State Coalition: A Reliable Supporter
As a member of the Raising Wisconsin State Coalition, F5FV stands as a steadfast supporter for statewide child care and health-related legislative and policy work. Their active participation in public listening sessions and hearings has allowed them to provide testimony to state and local officials on critical early care and education issues. F5FV’s authoritative voice on child development and family matters has been instrumental in shaping policy discussions and decisions.
Transforming Communities with ARPA Dollars
The success of F5FV’s advocacy efforts has yielded substantial dividends for early childhood development. One notable achievement is the securing of one-time federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) dollars to invest in early care. These investments are not just numbers on a balance sheet; they represent tangible support for children, families, and the entire early childhood industry.
The significant investments include:
- Outagamie County: Leading the charge with a substantial $2.75 million commitment.
- City of Appleton: Demonstrating a strong commitment with an allocation of $1.5 million.
- Winnebago County: Joining the initiative with an investment of $1.5 million.
- Calumet County: Allocating $1.2 million to support early care initiatives.
- Waupaca County: Contributing to the cause with an investment of $1.25 million.
These substantial investments are a testament to the collective vision and dedication of communities in the Fox Valley region to prioritize early childhood development.
Building a Brighter Future
The impact of these investments extends far beyond monetary value. They represent a commitment to nurturing the potential of every child, ensuring they have access to quality early care and education. F5FV’s advocacy efforts, alongside the collaboration of local and regional partners, have transformed communities and laid the foundation for a brighter future.
First 5 Fox Valley’s advocacy and leadership have been instrumental in securing crucial investments for early childhood development. These significant ARPA dollars will not only benefit children and families today but will shape the trajectory of our communities for generations to come. Through their unwavering commitment, F5FV continues to be a driving force for change in the early childhood industry.