Gov. Evers, First Lady Evers Announce Collaboration with NGA on Social and Emotional Needs of Kids and Families
Wisconsin among 6 states selected; state to receive $35,000 grant, technical assistance from the NGA
MADISON, WI (STL.News) Gov. Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers announced that Wisconsin and five other states were selected to work with the National Governors Association (NGA) on strategies for equitably meeting the social-emotional needs of students and families during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes as students and their families continue to confront fear, anxiety, trauma, isolation, and stress surrounding the ongoing pandemic in addition to increasing public concern across the country about persistent racial disparities and economic instability.
“Kids and families across our state have had a tough year, and it’s important now more than ever that we support our kids and families, talk about mental health and well-being, and connect the dots on equity,” said Gov. Evers. “Kathy and I appreciate this opportunity to work with the NGA on promoting the social and emotional health of Wisconsin’s kids, and this grant will allow us to benefit from NGA’s expertise in exploring new models for family engagement in Wisconsin.”
First Lady Evers has embraced social and emotional learning as a primary policy focus before and during the pandemic, visiting successful social and emotional learning early childhood education partners and participating in listening sessions with collective impact partners to connect the dots between agencies and sectors.