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Child Care Sector Relief in Pandemic Bill

Child Care Sector Relief in Pandemic Bill

The child care sector has been named in every pandemic relief bill proposed to congress since the spring. The importance of this work has never been more clear. And while we must keep advocating for the long-term Child Care is Essential Act, we celebrate the news that help is coming. The House and Senate have passed a new $892 billion COVID Relief Package and the President signed the bill this past Sunday. While in its entirety, the bill is 5,593 pages long and will take time to fully understand, there are some highlights that will directly benefit early care and education professionals in Wisconsin. What’s more, the bill not only calls for pandemic relief, it also increases spending on federal programs impacting our field for 2021. 

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Thank you Governor Evers and the Wisconsin State Legislature for the investment of federal CARES Act funding into Wisconsin’s child care programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs around the state have said that this funding has been vital in helping them...

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Local Group’s Efforts Selected for Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Honors

Local Group’s Efforts Selected for Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Honors

The Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN), launched in Vernon and Monroe Counties, has been selected to receive the 2020 Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative award, one of two awards presented in 2020 by the Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. The presentation was made at a private ceremony following the cancellation of the Wisconsin Rural Summit due to COVID-19.

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Unless…

Unless…

This last piece has not come easy and has taken MANY rewrites. I have felt unsure how to close out something that is far from being over. At one point, I was holding out hope that by mid-August, we would be celebrating the $50B relief package this industry needs. But to be honest, it still feels far from that time and I am feeling demoralized. While Americans across the political spectrum agree that the federal government should fund early care and education to a larger extent, congress has not been successful in getting this done.

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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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