Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Blog

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A Love Letter to Wisconsin Educators

A Love Letter to Wisconsin Educators

The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) would like to take a collective pause to thank the tireless efforts of those working in the education field, particularly the early care and education workforce before another pandemic school year starts. During the past 18 months of incredible challenge, there have been essential educators and caregivers in every corner of the state who have shown up for Wisconsin’s children and families. This is and will forever be one of the most important roles a person can play in shaping the future. Our communities could not function, nor families prosper, nor children thrive without the effort our educators and caregivers bring to their profession each and every day. Educators and caregivers of Wisconsin – we see you; we appreciate you; and we are fighting for you. Our friends here at WECA wanted to share their love letters to you below. Put your feet up and bask in the admiration we have for you.

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Infrastructure Budget Update

Infrastructure Budget Update

Where are we in the federal budget process? It’s complicated. Let’s start with what is known for certain. Fiscal year 2021 ends September 30, which means that either Congress needs to approve annual appropriations bills for FY2022 before September 30 or enact an...

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American Families Plan: Child Care & Pre-School Expansion Under Consideration by Congress

American Families Plan: Child Care & Pre-School Expansion Under Consideration by Congress

The good news is that the President and Congress are talking about large investments in child care and preschool. Families have long struggled with the cost of child care. Therefore, it’s good to see interest from the Administration and Congress to address affordability for families. The American Families Plan, as proposed by the President, would invest $225 billion to make child care more affordable and to improve the quality of child care over the next 10 years.

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Worthy Wage Day 2021, A Reflection on Advocacy and the Early Childhood Workforce

Worthy Wage Day 2021, A Reflection on Advocacy and the Early Childhood Workforce

While Worthy Wage Day always invokes a myriad of feelings, 2020 was likely one of our darkest tributes to this cause. With COVID-19 spreading across the state and the world, early care and education programs were asked to do the impossible – stay open to care for children of essential workers without necessary personal protective equipment to stay safe. It seems in some ways like that day has been repeated 365 times to bring us now to 2021, worn and weary. The pandemic has laid bare the significant challenges early childhood professionals face each and every day.  

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American Rescue Plan: Affordable Health Insurance for the Wisconsin Child Care Workforce

American Rescue Plan: Affordable Health Insurance for the Wisconsin Child Care Workforce

On April 15, Wisconsin received $579.7 million for child care through the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March.  These funds will be used to help families afford child care and to help stabilize the child care market (i.e. support child care businesses impacted by COVID-19 that are struggling to pay staff and fixed costs, such as rent, mortgage, or other operating expenses).   

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We Are Teachers Too: Reflections by Kyra Swenson

We Are Teachers Too: Reflections by Kyra Swenson

It began with idle small talk at a friend’s party.  But that’s always how it begins.
“I’m a Realtor, what do you do?”
“I’m a teacher.”
“Oh, that’s such a rewarding job!  My niece is in second grade.  What grade do you teach?”
“I teach one-year-olds.”
*record scratch *
“…wait, I thought you said you were a teacher.  What do you teach one-year-olds?”

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