Ensuring Children are safe, healthy, and ready for kindergarten.

The Community Partnership for Children (CPC) is grounded in the knowledge that all children’s experiences during their first five years are critical to their later success in school, the workforce and everyday life.  In fact, up to 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before age five.  The foundations for language development, cognitive skills and the ability to develop positive social relationships are established during this time.

Support the Community Partnership for Children

There’s no better return on investment than the feeling you’ll get from knowing you’ve made a difference in a child’s life. Your contribution can uplift a child, your community and your own well-being. There are many ways you can contribute to the CPC. First learn about our goals and needs, and then decide where your strengths, talents or financial contribution may be best utilized.

About the Brown County CPC

The Community Partnership for Children’s mission is to ensure that all children in our community are safe, healthy and ready for kindergarten.

How We Help


Good health influences everything from how well a child is able to learn in the classroom to how much an adult is able to earn in the workplace. By keeping all of our neighbors physically and mentally healthy, we will improve educational outcomes, job performance and create more resilient families.


Educated children and youth are the future. By helping children build a strong foundation in education and empowering parents to support their learning and development, we can ensure that kids have the skills to be successful in school and in life.

Financial Well-being

Being financially secure is critical for people to live productive lives, while also growing the economy and workforce. Financial and employment growth over time will create stronger households and stronger communities.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has been entrusted through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services” for hungry and homeless people across the nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.

Emergency Food and Shelter dollars are earmarked for local nonprofit organizations that support essential services that help hungry, at risk and homeless families and those in immediate crisis. Brown County United Way supports the EFSP program locally by serving as the conduit for these funds. EFSP funds are used to help struggling Brown County residents access basic needs, including:

  • Food – served meals or food pantry boxes
  • Shelter – mass emergency shelter facilities
  • Rent – assistance with rent to prevent homelessness
  • Utilities – assistance with gas and electric bills

Upon notification from the EFSP National Board that an EFSP Phase will be released, the Local Board will update this website and provide application instructions. EFSP Funds are a Federal Grant, and funding may not always be provided exactly per program period calendar. Funds are provided in two payments, the second payment may come after the close of the spending cycle, and costs can only be reimbursed for expenditures made during the specified spending cycle.

Please visit our Emergency Food & Shelter Program page for additional information.

Family Resources

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. This section of the website is designed to help families with young children easily find information on local programming, child development and parenting tips. There are also links to the human service agencies and organizations participating in the Community Partnership for Children.

The Community Partnership for Children brings together many local programs and services, starting prenatally and at birth. The following services are referred to as the “gateway” to the CPC’s system of care.

  • Welcome Baby Visits: All Brown County parents with newborns receive a Welcome Baby Visit prenatally or at the hospital. These visits provide information on community resources and include a free birth-to-age-five growth chart, baby rhymes booklet and more. For more information, call 920-436-4416, extension 124.
  • In-Home Visits: Free home visiting programs give parents and children the opportunity to receive guidance from child development experts in their own home during convenient times. For more information, call 2-1-1.
  • Parent Support Classes: Free multi-week classes are offered for parents and other caregivers on various topics ranging from nutrition, discipline, bonding, developmental milestones and more. For more information, call 2-1-1.
  • Playgroups: Meet other families with young children and participate in fun, free play activities and story times.
  • Wraparound Services: Personalized referrals to many other community resources are available, based on each family’s needs and strengths.

Born Learning

The Community Partnership for Children actively participates in the Born Learning campaign, a nationwide effort to spread the word about simple ways parents and other caregivers can help children learn and grow. Learn more…


When you have an immediate question or problem, these free hotlines are available to help.

  • 2-1-1: Call this free, confidential hotline for information from certified call specialists on thousands of Brown County services and programs. Visit www.get211.org to search the 2-1-1 database.
  • Parenting “Warm Line” Call Family & Childcare Resources: 920-432-8899 Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 4:30pm and Friday 8:00 – noon to speak with parent educators. All calls are returned within 24 hours, if not answered immediately.
  • The Crisis Center of Family Services provides face-to-face professional, short-term counseling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people of all ages, as well as professional crisis counseling over the phone, 24/7.

Want to learn more?

If you have any questions, contact Jill Sobieck, Impact Initiatives and Outreach Manager.

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