Top-tier child care centers in Milwaukee are subsidized by the state at below local market rates despite bumps from the recently implemented YoungStar ratings system, according to a new report. In addition, low YoungStar ratings and frozen pay rates are prompting some family child care centers in the central city to close.
A community organizer, a police officer, a city official and an alderwoman share insights on 14th Street C.A.R.E.S. and other central city block clubs.
For the past year, male juveniles from Milwaukee County sentenced to incarceration were sent four hours north to the Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in Irma, Wis. Recent changes approved by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will keep some high-risk young offenders in the county, saving taxpayers money and enabling the young men to remain closer to their families and rehabilitative resources.
The top predictor of whether a teen will reoffend is whether or not he has a strong support system. The new Milwaukee County Accountability Program (MCAP) is designed to help teens and their parents or guardians build that system together.
Milwaukee County suffers from alarming rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Nonprofit organizations and local clinics are using multiple approaches to address the problem.
As Milwaukee’s Hispanic population grows, so does the need for qualified Spanish-speaking interpreters. Trained medical interpreters contribute to better diagnosis and care for non-English speakers.
The federal Secure Communities program was created to protect communities by identifying and deporting immigrants who have broken criminal laws. However, one-third of those deported from Milwaukee County had no criminal record.
A revived block club in the Borchert Field neighborhood is building better relationships with police and city officials, and improving communication between neighbors.
More than three-quarters of licensed family day care centers in four central city ZIP codes received a YoungStar rating of two out of five stars, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service analysis. Many of these centers may be forced to close because providers can’t afford to move up the rating scale.
Black women in Milwaukee County are more likely than any other racial group to die from breast cancer, but education, early detection and peer support are beginning to make a difference in reducing mortality and improving their quality of life.