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our approach

Foundation investments address root cause barriers to child and family health through proactive, multi-sector systems change. We invest in:

Every Child Thrives logo

Real change happens when a core group of community leaders come together using a collective approach to create a clear, common agenda with measurable results.

Every Child Thrives (ECT) is a collective impact effort uniting community partners in Wisconsin's Dodge and Jefferson counties. It is centered on the shared purpose of ensuring all children thrive in health, learning and life.

Launched in 2017, ECT engages business, government, education, families and community partners who use data to drive decisions and align resources so all children have a strong start in life.

What is
collective impact?

Our Shared Goals

Every Child Thrives partners work together to drive long-term change and improvement in three key areas:

Every Child Thrives Partners



Every Child Thrives is led by a Transformation Council, whose role it is to drive our collective work. Its members include:

  • Rebecca Bell, Dodge County Health & Human Services Director
  • Kathi Cauley, Jefferson County Human Services Director
  • Peg Checki,Watertown Public Library Director
  • Elizabeth Chilsen, Jefferson County Public Health Program Manager
  • Tina Crave, Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation President & CEO
  • Suzanne Hoppe, Renewal Unlimited Executive Director
  • Jon Lange, Glacial Community YMCA Chief Executive Officer
  • Carol Quest, Watertown Department of Public Health Director
  • Cassandra Schug, Watertown Unified School District Superintendent
  • Annette Thompson, Dodgeland School District Administrator
  • Mary Ann Weiland, Jefferson County Head Start Director


Every Child Thrives is driven by team members from the following organizations:

  • Beaver Dam Community Library
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin
  • Calvary Baptist Christian School
  • Church Health Services
  • City of Watertown
  • Community Action Coalition for South Central WI
  • Community Care Preschool & Child Care
  • Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
  • Community Pediatrics
  • Dodge County Human Services & Health Department
  • Dodgeland School District
  • Fort HealthCare
  • Future All Star's Academy
  • Gingerbread Preschool and Child Care Center
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran School
  • Green Valley Enterprises, Inc. (Dodge County Birth to 3)
  • Hustisford Community Library
  • Hustisford School District
  • Jefferson County Circuit Court
  • Jefferson County Head Start
  • Jefferson County Health Department
  • Jefferson County Human Services Department
  • Jefferson County Literacy Council
  • Johnson Creek Public Library
  • Juneau Public Library
  • Kiddie Kampus
  • Lake Mills Area School District
  • Mary Linsmeier - Watertown
  • Playworks Active Recess
  • Reeseville Public Library
  • Renewal Unlimited, Inc (Dodge County Head Start)
  • Rock River Community Clinic
  • Safe Families for Children - Jefferson County
  • School District of Jefferson
  • Shared Mission Group
  • St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church & School
  • The Gathering Source
  • The Open Door Coffeehouse
  • Trinity St. Luke's Lutheran School
  • United Way of Dodge County
  • United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties
  • UW-Madison Division of Extension Dodge County
  • UW-Whitewater
  • Watertown Area YMCA
  • Watertown Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Department of Public Health
  • Watertown Family Center
  • Watertown Family Practice
  • Watertown Police Department
  • Watertown Public Library
  • Watertown Regional Medical Center
  • Watertown Unified School District
  • Willows Christian Child Care Center
  • WI Alliance for Infant Mental Health
  • WI Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board
  • WI Office of Children's Mental Health
  • WI Reading Corps

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community capacity building

Creating a healthier tomorrow for children and families in Dodge and Jefferson counties relies on the collective capacity of our community. For that reason, GWCHF funds leadership development and technical assistance to help local organizations move their missions further.

Examples of capacity building activities we may support include:

If your organization has a capacity building need, please contact GWCHF President & CEO Tina Crave to learn more about how we could support you.

policy, systems and environmental change

Policies and practices that support the ability for all children and families to thrive are critical to the health of our community. Alongside our partners, we work locally, regionally and statewide to foster policies and practices that advance our strategic priorities.

Current Policy Initiatives:

Participation in the Wisconsin Partnership - a collaborative effort of partnerships in Wisconsin working to create a state policy environment that enables us to move further faster toward our goal for improving access to high-quality early care and education for all children.