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MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Initiative

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The MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Initiative is an opportunity for members of the Milwaukee community, as key stakeholders, to partner with Milwaukee Public Schools in a collective effort to provide learning experiences of the highest quality for all of Milwaukee's children.

The first five years (which equals 1,825 days) of life of a child are the most important when it comes to a child's education and development.

Listen to Carmen Hernández, director of Proveedoras Unidas Association and one of the MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Inititiative partners, as she shares why the first five years are so important for child development!

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Milwaukee is in the most populous county in the state and has the most children in child care and in a single school district. Good health, strong families, and positive early learning are important building blocks in ensuring the success of all children. When any one of these building blocks is absent, a child faces an uphill struggle.


Early childhood education affords a small window of opportunity to ensure that families with children who may be at risk for poor outcomes are provided with various options to close learning gaps before they start to grow. To secure this opportunity, an investment in early childhood education is required.



Five elements for high-quality early childhood learning experiences and programs have been developed in order to reach the goals of this initiative:


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  When was the initiative launched?

The MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Initiative was launched in November 2018.

  Who are the partners working on this initiative?

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

Cardinal Stritch University

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee Succeeds

Next Door Foundation

Northwestern Mutual

Saint A

Skai Academy of the Performing Arts

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Wisconsin Reading Corps

  What is the mission of the MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Initiative?

To ensure that all educators directly impacting our students' learning possess the understanding, skill set, knowledge base, capacity, and resources needed to provide high-quality instruction to all students participating in early childhood education programs

  What is the vision of the MPS/MKE Early Childhood 1,825 Initiative?

That all students participating in MPS early childhood programs will be adequately prepared to ensure that they achieve grade-level proficiency in reading, writing, and math by third grade

  What are the goals of this initiative?

The goals of this initiative are to

  • ensure that every Milwaukee family has access to high-quality child care,
  • improve Milwaukee Public Schools' early literacy scores,
  • increase state reimbursement rates for day care centers, and
  • leverage resources to ensure a high-quality learning experience from day care to school.


Early Learning Manager:

Krissy Washington
Phone: 414-475-8094
Fax: 414-475-8737

Early Childhood Supervisor/
Achievement Gap Reduction:

Allison Foyer
Phone: 414-475-8673
Fax: 414-475-8737

Head Start Program Supervisor:

Meredith Welch, MSW, APSW
Phone: 414-252-0350
Fax: 414-252-0365

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