Thriving Communities: Early Childhood Investment 

American Recovery Funds can help grow our local economy. We know the Fox Valley prospers when all children are healthy, valued and thriving. In order to provide children with an equal start in life, strengthen our economy in a way that also reduces racial, gender and income inequality in our communities, and meet the needs of working parents, it is time to support a robust vision to make the high-impact investment in children’s readiness for school, work and life.  Thriving communities depend on the well-being of all members. By providing families with equitable access to the early child development resources they need, we ensure all enjoy more vibrant years ahead.  The need is urgent.  The time for action is now!

City, Town, and Village Distributions in Calumet, Green Lake, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties.

What would a 15% or 10% Early Childhood Investment look for your local community?

First 5 Fox Valley leads advocacy efforts for policies, programs and funding systems that support families by:

  • Advocating for policies, regulations, programs and funding that supports families with children 0-5.
  • Coordinating systems
  • Committing financial resources to bring champions and allies together
  • Providing alignment, engagement and collaboration across all sector to understand gaps in services and better understand where community resources should be allocated.

 Early Child Advocacy Collaborations:

  • Stronger Together Fox Valley- Good Early Start Team
  • Child Care Resource & Referral
  • Regional Child Care Alliance
  • Wisconsin Infant & Toddler Policy Project
  • Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)
  • Supporting Families Together Association
  • Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Recent Advocacy Actions:

Letter to Wi Joint Finance Committee supporting Child Care Strong (6-1-21)

Wisconsin Child Care Strong & Child Care Counts FAQ’s (March 22, 2021)

Governor Evers proposes major increase in child care spending

Business Struggling to keep Employees – Child Care issues

Wisconsin awarded Preschool Development Grant- 30 million over 3 years