A Healthier Wisconsin

Healthier Children in the Kickapoo Region

Creating a Shared Service Network to expand and improve child care and health outcomes in the Kickapoo Region

Full Project Name:Healthier Children through a Shared Service Network Supporting ASQ Screening/Early InterventionPrimary Community Organization:Wisconsin Early Childhood AssociationPrimary Academic Partner:John Meurer, MD, MBA, Institute for Health and EquityAward Amount:$399,808
Award Date
Project Duration:48 months

Project Description Narrative:

To increase child care availability and provider training and support the early intervention and referrals that can improve child development and health outcomes, project partners seek to create a Shared Service Network (SSN). An affiliation of child care programs (licensed center and family child care) that intentionally share cost savings and increased revenues to reinvest into improving program quality, a SSN will support screening, data-based decision making, and data sharing among partners. Two dozen SSNs exist in the United States, this project will develop the first in the nation to connect children to medical homes while embedding the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) developmental screening.

Community partners: Coulee Children's Center, Organic Valley, Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers, Monroe County Dept of Human Services (Birth to 3 Program), Kickapoo Collaboration Core Team, Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Cashton School District, School District of La Farge, Kickapoo Area School District, Western Technical College, Bank of Cashton, Vernon Economic Development Association, Vernon County Tourism, Promotion and Econ Dev Committee, Family Connections of Southwest WI, The Parenting Place, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, The Registry, Rural Wisconsin Health Co-operative, Moving the Needle

National partners: Opportunities Exchange, Alliance for Early Success

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:

  • Completed Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) overview training with providers and shared ASQ materials with all participating programs
  • Developed the shared service network and grew the network from two child care programs in one county in January 2019 to 130 programs in 11 counties to over 1000 programs statewide
  • Leveraged funds from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that allowed the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) to design, launch, and implement a new tiered model of services for regulated child care programs, allowing every regulated child care program in the state to receive some level of support from WEESSN

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