Every child thrives in health, learning and life.
Engaging business, government, education, families and community partners to ensure that every child thrives.
To fulfill our mission, we hold these five promises to our children (adapted from America's Promise Alliance):
Rebecca Bell, Human Services Director
Angie Bolson, YMCA VP of Strategic Initiatives
Jenny Borst, Elementary Teaching and Learning Director
Kathi Cauley, Human Services Director
Tina Crave, Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation President & CEO
Suzanne Hoppe, Renewal Unlimited Executive Director
Jon Lange, YMCA Pabst Farms Chief Executive Officer
Carol Quest, Watertown Department of Public Health Director
Cassandra Schug, Watertown Unified School District Superintendent
Annette Thompson, Dodgeland School District, District Administrator
Mary Ann Weiland, Head Start Director
Affiliated Counseling Center
American Lung Association
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and Watertown Community
Church Health Services, Inc.
Community Care Preschool & Child Care
Dodge County Head Start
Dodge County Human Services & Health Department
Dodgeland School District
Future All*Stars Academy, LLC
Jefferson County - Birth to Three
Jefferson County Head Start
Jefferson County Human Services Dept.
Juneau Police Department
Maranatha Baptist University
People Against a Violent Environment, Inc.
United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties
University of Wisconsin Extension Program - Dodge County
University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Area YMCA
Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Department of Public Health
Watertown Family Center
Watertown Unified School District
Watertown Regional Medical Center
YMCA at Pabst Farms
Our work will initially focus on families and children, ages pre-natal through third grade, in the Dodgeland School District and the Watertown Unified School District. Our scope will ultimately expand to include families and children located within the geographic regions of Jefferson and Dodge Counties.
Every Child Thrives will drive long-term change in three areas:
We have engaged four best practice resources to guide our work:
The foundation for lifelong health and success begins during pregnancy and the earliest years of life, with 90% of brain development occurring over a child's first three years. Secure attachment through responsive, caring interactions with adults is critical for healthy development. The lack of responsive relationships - or the presence of prolonged stress in a young child's life - can have lifelong impacts on cognitive and social growth.
Roughly one-third of children from economically disadvantaged families are reading at grade-level in third grade.
Every child in our community should enjoy the opportunity for optimal success in school, learning and life. We can only make a difference by working together.
Making a difference will require the continued engagement of all community sectors, including schools, government, public health, human services, early child education providers, secondary education providers, non-profits, healthcare, business, law enforcement, faith communities and community volunteers. To effectively unite these sectors, Every Child Thrives has been structured based upon "what's worked" in communities similar to ours. Our initiative includes three actions teams that are supported by a Transformation Council and a Community Leadership Council.