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A Day Without Child Care: A Spotlight on Transformational Change

A Day Without Child Care: A Spotlight on Transformational Change

Child care providers, parents and families across the country are marking, “A Day Without Child Care” on Monday, May 9, 2022. This day of action, sponsored by the national organization Community Change Action, aims to highlight the need for dignified, worthy wages for early childhood educators, equity in child care and affordable child care for all families.

As an organization, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association acknowledges the power and importance of this day of awareness.

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Impact and Gratitude: Reflections on the Food Program During CACFP Week

Impact and Gratitude: Reflections on the Food Program During CACFP Week

Across the nation, CACFP has helped feed millions and millions of children and adults since its inception in 1968. In Wisconsin, its impact continues to be wide-ranging: In 2021, WECA’s Food Program has helped family child care providers serve more than 2 million meals to 5,000 young children in 550 child care programs across the state. The WECA Food Program proudly serves all 72 counties and 11 Tribal nations in Wisconsin.

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State’s investments in child care are essential, timely

State’s investments in child care are essential, timely

High-quality, affordable and accessible child care is critical. Wisconsin parents know it, business and community leaders know it and child care professionals know it. The state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee recent approval of a $194 million investment in our child care infrastructure means Wisconsin policymakers also continue to recognize child care’s critical importance.

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Good Food, Good Partnerships: Multi-sector collaboration addresses food insecurity

Good Food, Good Partnerships: Multi-sector collaboration addresses food insecurity

Good Food for All. That was the goal – and it was achieved. 

This recent 12-week pilot program assisted families in the Madison and Milwaukee areas with receiving a weekly stock of fresh produce. The initiative was truly a special tribute to the power of innovative collaboration between the early care and education sector and food systems. 

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