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Purpose, Mission, and Philosophy

Who We Are

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Our Purpose

Build upon the strengths of our families, communities, and systems to promote children's optimal social emotional health and well-being. 

Our Mission

We welcome others to join us in making it easier for families with babies and children up to age eight in Milwaukee to find the resources that can help each child to grow, while questioning policies and practices that could better support families.

Our Philosophy

Our values are an important part of how we do our work.  Some of our values are:

  • Awareness that parents and families in Milwaukee have unique experiences and their voices must be heard
  • Empathy and respect
  • Fair access to resources and services
  • Authentically bringing individuals and groups into our work in a way that shares power
  • Community members’ confidence in our ability to control our choices
  • Diversity and active participation

How We're Different

We believe that making Milwaukee a better place for children means gathering partners from different walks of life.

Leadership of Parents and Families
Unlike many other coalitions, we decided that the most important experts in the room are parents and caregivers that have experience with children living with mental health challenges, which we call "lived experience."  Even more than doctors, nurses, counselors or teachers, parents and caregivers in Milwaukee with this lived experience know what works and what doesn’t work for their children.  Our lived experience consultants are compensated for their valuable time.

Early Support
As we learn more and more about how children’s brains grow, we are learning that the old saying is true--an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The sooner that babies, children and their families get the support they need, the sooner their brain development can get back to balance.

Trusted Connectors
Community health workers, promotores de salud and family navigators are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served by health care providers. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a link between health care providers and community members.   Not only can they facilitate access to services, they improve the quality and cultural competence of health services.

Community health workers increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.