Our agency is a nonprofit that provides education, support, information referrals, and evidence-based home visitation programs and early childhood consultation throughout Northeast Wisconsin. We provide services for two primary segments: parents/guardians and professional childcare providers.
On the childcare side, we provide technical consulting and on-site training to childcare providers. We also offer continuing education trainings to providers. To benefit both childcare providers and families, we provide free, unbiased, and customized childcare referrals.
History of Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W.
Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. (FCR NEW) was formed in 2008 by a merger between two long-standing organizations: Fort Howard Neighborhood Resource Center and Community Childcare Connections. These organizations promoted direct services, education, and support to communities in Northeast Wisconsin. In a move to eliminate redundancies in services, the two organizations merged and formed FCR NEW.
In 2009, FCR NEW formalized our work with local partnerships, Supporting Families Together Association, and collaborating groups to offer quality improvement services, trainings and enhanced home-based visitation programs.
In 2010, the agency began a paradigm shift toward delivering quality improvement through the YoungStar program. In combination with over 20 agencies throughout Wisconsin, Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. has led the way in improving quality and safety for children in over 200 childcare centers and family practices in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano Counties.
In 2011, our agency was chosen to collaborate with Supporting Families Together Association and the Department of Children and Families in Wisconsin to offer advanced educational opportunities, diversity trainings, professional development, and Active Early – Childhood Obesity Prevention techniques for childcare providers.
In 2012, agency leadership-coordinated drives and events to increase unrestricted funding, offering more needs-based support for families and increased funding through grant writing. Our efforts provided support for playgroups, support groups, and our “Supernanny” home visitation programming.
Agency leadership reinforced long-term strategic growth through an intensive review of policies and procedures aimed at ensuring a minimum of $.86 per donated dollar is used for programming.
Our agency received high support in April 2012 when we launched our Fly a Kite to End Child Abuse Pin-up campaign. Over 20 local organizations promoted pin-up opportunities throughout the month and assisted in raising over $6,000 – all of which went to local programs that help reduce child abuse and neglect.
In 2013, our agency, board of directors, and local partnerships worked together to bring a kite festival to the Green Bay Area, which increased our visibility in the community. Over 2,300 people came out for our first ever Fly a Kite Fest and helped to raise money for programs at Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W.