Our Staff

Janice Ereth

Special Advisor

For the last 40 years, Janice Ereth, PhD, has worked in administrative, research, and policy-making capacities in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and education fields. She holds a PhD in urban education with a minor in criminal justice.

From 1997 to 2004, Janice served as director of the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) and currently serves as a special advisor to CRC. Since joining the organization, Janice has served as director of educational monitoring of student outcomes in charter schools for the city of Milwaukee, TALC, and PAVE; as director for the implementation of child protective services Structured Decision Making® systems in more than 15 state or county child welfare systems; and as director of juvenile justice projects in Alaska, Illinois, New Mexico, and numerous Wisconsin counties. Her most recent work is a collaborative venture to prevent delinquency among child welfare youth in Los Angeles County.

Prior to joining NCCD in 1996, she served as the juvenile court coordinator for the State of Wisconsin First Judicial District (Milwaukee). She worked with the judiciary, county board, public schools, and private providers to launch a comprehensive education program in the detention center; created 200 new day treatment slots for adjudicated delinquents; developed procedures to enable youth placed in residential treatment centers to be transitioned home by a reintegration team planning process; and designed a case management plan to expedite the adoption of abused children.

Janice was a founder and principal of an alternative school for delinquent youth in Milwaukee, and a division administrator of a research bureau that conducted national studies on a range of criminal, juvenile justice, and education topics. As a policy specialist at the Youth Policy and Law Center and subsequently at the Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice, Janice conducted studies on violent juvenile offenders, formulated children-at-risk statutes, convened and headed a coalition for juvenile justice, and assisted in the implementation of various programs for adjudicated delinquents. She has also served as vice president of public affairs at Family Service of Milwaukee. She has been appointed to numerous commissions by Wisconsin governors, Wisconsin legislators, Milwaukee’s County Executive, the superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. She has also been recognized with the Key Award from the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club, 1983; Alverno College’s Telesis Award, 1988; the State of Wisconsin Senate’s Citation of Accomplishments, 1992; and the Grace B. Flandreau Award, 2009.

Recent publications from Janice Ereth:

Janice Ereth, Special Advisor, NCCD

Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have confirmed that children who experience maltreatment are more likely to be referred/arrested for delinquent offenses. Maltreated children have also been found to more likely become involved in the adult criminal justice system. In fact, a 2004 National Institute of Justice study found maltreated children to be 11 times more likely than a matched control group to be arrested, and 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult.

In an effort to prevent children who are already involved with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS) from becoming involved with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, county managers sought to develop a structured, actuarial assessment to help identify which children served by LA DCFS were most likely to become delinquent. The managers intend to provide additional supports to children who are at high risk of future delinquency.

This special report describes how individual schools can engage in data-driven decision making to increase the academic performance of all students.

New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department contracted with the CRC to conduct a longitudinal study of children involved with PS and then subsequently involved with JJS. The goal of the research was to identify ways to focus PS efforts to prevent subsequent maltreatment of children, reduce juvenile crime, and better support families. The sample was children age seven through fourteen involved in a PS investigation of child maltreatment during 1999.

This is the second annual report to describe the operation of Escuela Verde as a City of Milwaukee-chartered school. It is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC).

This is the third annual report to describe the operation of the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy (MCA) as a City of Milwaukee-chartered school.1 It is the result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC).