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.