Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Blog

Because small lives get bigger
It’s Not Daycare

It’s Not Daycare

by Paula Drew, Co-Director, Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network  This post is the fourth in the series, Uncovering Stories from the Early Care and Education Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic, based on in-depth interviews of child care providers across...

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Unprecedented Support in Unprecedented Times: WECA’s Response During COVID-19

Unprecedented Support in Unprecedented Times: WECA’s Response During COVID-19

Because “small lives get bigger”, our mission at WECA is to advance positive change for children by focusing on the professionals who provide child care for well over 70% of Wisconsin’s children. We truly believe that quality early care and education is fundamental to creating a better world. Our work to support this sector and the children and families who intersect with it has always been comprehensive.  During the pandemic, WECA’s staff stepped up to support Wisconsin’s system of early care and education in unprecedented ways. 

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Remember Wisconsin’s Child Care Programs … Please!

Governor Evers just announced significant support to distribute PPE to schools, specifically 2 million masks and 4,200 infrared thermometers.  While I fully support ensuring our schools open safely for children, teachers, and staff, I must ask, “What about our state’s child care programs? Where are their masks and thermometers?”

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Impossible Choices

Impossible Choices

This post is the second in the series, Uncovering Stories from the Early Care and Education Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic, based on in-depth interviews of child care providers across Wisconsin. 

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Uncovering Stories from the Early Care and Education Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A new series which explores the challenges of our essential workforce.

Uncovering Stories from the Early Care and Education Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A new series which explores the challenges of our essential workforce.

Over the next two months, through a series of blog posts, I will explore the hidden stories from this field. Through confidential interviews and themes from a number of child care provider communication platforms and policy maker and advocate forums, I will lift up the challenges, needs, fears, hopes and future plans of our essential workforce during the pandemic. I will highlight needs that agencies and advocates could consider in creating a better support system for future crises.

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WECA’s Statement on Equity

Because the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) exists to support the wellbeing of young Wisconsin children and our early education workforce, we strongly assert that Black Lives Matter. We all hold responsibility for addressing police brutality, dismantling systematic racism, and equalizing power in our United States. We understand that now is the time to re-imagine what kind of America we want for our children and grandchildren — an America where all children in all communities can live safely – free of bias, discrimination, and racism.

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Rights, Raises, Respect: Worthy Wage Day 2020

Rights, Raises, Respect: Worthy Wage Day 2020

by Peggy Haack Nearly three decades ago, May 1 became a focal point for a national campaign to raise up the needs of the child care workforce. I was among child care teachers nationwide who chose to meld our voices with those of working people across the globe, and...

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