SUPPORTING FAMILIES TOGETHER ASSOCIATION INC

Madison, WI   |  www.supportingfamiliestogether.org

Mission

We cultivate a system of organizations and professionals across Wisconsin to promote quality, strengths-based, early childhood services in all communities.

Ruling year info

1996

Co-Director, Programs & External Relations

Jill Hoiting

Co-Director, Operations

Erik Larson

Main address

700 Rayovac Drive Suite 6

Madison, WI 53711 USA

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Formerly known as

Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project

Wisconsin Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Inc.

EIN

36-5263016

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SFTA was developed because of a need for a single, unified network of resources for family support and early care and education systems that bring quality, strength-based services to all Wisconsin communities. In our state, there are nearly 300,000 children under the age of 6 who are potentially in need of child care (Child Care Aware of America 2018 Wisconsin Fact Sheet). Unfortunately, many child care providers are unaware of state regulations or struggle to meet them, and do not have the resources to go above and beyond in meeting quality standards of care. SFTA plays a key role in addressing this issue as our expansive network of 10 Child Resource and Referral Agencies and 12 Family Resource Centers serve 72 counties and 11 Tribes in the state to create resources for families and child care providers to bring the best possible care to the children of Wisconsin.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YoungStar

YoungStar is Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system. We give parents the tools and information they need to raise happy, healthy kids. And, through technical consultation, rating services and micro-grants, we help preschools, home-based programs, learning centers, and other child care providers give children safe, nurturing places to grow. This program is funded by the WI Department of Children and Families.

Population(s) Served

Licensing preparation services aim to support those who are interested in operating a licensed family or group child care program in Wisconsin. Upon requesting an inquiry packet and submitting a startup worksheet, potential providers receive technical assistance by phone and email, a review of their policies and a site visit. Once their assigned Pre-Licensing Technical Consultant completes these steps, potential providers will continue with their final preparations to submit their licensing application to the WI Department of Children and Families. This program is funded by the WI Department of Children and Families.

Population(s) Served

This program provides the opportunity for local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to customize their own plan for early education supports based on a menu of options that include delivering training, offering technical assistance, implementing cohorts, recruiting and retaining regulated providers, engaging programs to increase their engagement in YoungStar, creating or converting online training and providing scholarships or stipends for professional development. This program is funded through the WI Department of Children and Families.

Population(s) Served

Child Care Resource & Referral services are made up of family, provider and community oriented supports. CCR&Rs offer families referrals to child care and other supports, as well as technical assistance on a variety of topics. CCR&Rs offer technical assistance to providers as well and serve to educate the community and engage in community-based initiatives. This program is funded by the WI Department of Children and Families.

Population(s) Served

This program replicates and adapts an effective model originating in Arkansas to prevent the expulsion for children ages zero to five from their child care and early education settings. The model offers an intentional combination of supports including coaching for early educators and infant mental health consultation for families. This program is being piloted in specified areas within the city of Milwaukee and several western counties in Wisconsin. The program is made possible through funding provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Population(s) Served

Through funding from the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, SFTA builds awareness and innovatively supports communities in Wisconsin through the successful implementation and sustainability of evidence-based parent education programming.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

This number includes Core Members, which are Child Care Resource & Referral and/or Family Resource Center agencies (note: before 2018, there was no membership fee which explains why numbers go down).

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Google Analytics now defines this as "new users," which is what its represented here. Visit our website at: http://supportingfamiliestogether.org/

Number of advisory councils the organization is a part of

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

These committees range across staff and across topic area in the early childhood field, including: children's mental health, supporting diversity, healthy children and families, quality care, etc.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To increase access to high quality early care and education for all children.
To prevent child abuse and neglect and foster strong families.
To promote environments and interactions that support healthy children.
To ensure responsive systems and resources are in place to support quality early childhood experiences for every child.

The delivery of high quality training and customized technical consultation and coaching for early care and education professionals regarding a variety of content areas.
The support of families through resource and referral services, parent education, home visitation and community building efforts.
The provision of project management, quality assurance, professional development and networking services at the statewide level for a Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and Family Resource Centers.

As a statewide association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and Family Resource Centers, SFTA is well-positioned to support local community-based, child-focused organizations in implementing high quality, evidence-based programming. Through supports such as project management, quality assurance, professional development, advocacy and networking, the association's statewide reach contributes to bringing programming to scale, maximizing public and private funds and ensuring the quality of services for the benefit of Wisconsin's youngest children, their families and their educators.

1. From January to July of 2013, there was an increase in 3, 4 and 5 Star rated programs of 219 programs. Additionally as of July 2013, more children enrolled in Wisconsin Shares were in 3, 4 or 5 Star rated programs (28,072) than in 2 Star programs (15,208).
2. From January to July 2013, 4,427 YoungStar technical consultation visits were provided to 1,035 programs statewide. Additionally, in the first two quarters of 2013, CCR&Rs provided 115,542 interactions of technical assistance to providers and 584 trainings that reached 7,172 participants. Four hundred fifty-one of those participants attended a Pyramid Model training, 473 attended a Strengthening Families training and 332 attending a Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Training.
3. Between baseline and midpoint, Active Early pilot sites increased the amount of physical activity offered in their programs by an average of approximately 27 minutes and demonstrated an increase in policy implementation of 13%.
4. During the first two quarters of 2013, 3,825 families received referrals for early care and education programs, which impacted 5,498 children. Additionally, 14,732 interactions of technical assistance to families were delivered.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SUPPORTING FAMILIES TOGETHER ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jody Bartnick

4-C (Madison)

Term: 2017 - 2019

Lana Nenide, MS IMH-E® (IV)

WI Alliance for Infant Mental Health

Colleen Lane

Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

Andrew Turner

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Law

Jason Wutt

Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc.

Wanda Montgomery

Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee Affiliate

Bonnie Debroux

4C Family Center

Sandra Ellis

Prevention Solutions, LLC

Marita Herkert-Oakland

Marita Herkert Consulting

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes