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Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Blog

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WEESSN Announces New Tax Guides for Child Care Businesses

WEESSN Announces New Tax Guides for Child Care Businesses

Finding affordable, effective tax preparation has long been a challenge for child care providers. As a result, they often pay more in taxes than they should. To address this issue, Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services (WEESSN), a program of Wisconsin Childhood Association (WECA), is partnering with Civitas Strategies Early Start (CSES) to create a revolutionary new set of tax guides specifically for child care businesses.  

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‘Best I have ever attended’: WECA Conference educates, inspires

‘Best I have ever attended’: WECA Conference educates, inspires

The annual event provided learning opportunities dedicated to enhancing the professional development and growth of Wisconsin’s early childhood workforce through four keynote presentations, 25 live workshops, and 23 on-demand sessions. Topics covered growth and retention of professionals, health and resilience, racial justice, cultural responsivity, leadership, communication strategies, and brain development, among many other timely and relevant topics for the early childhood community.

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WEESSN in the National Spotlight

WEESSN in the National Spotlight

When Kelly Matthews first attended the National Shared Services Technical Conference in 2017, it was purely an information-gathering opportunity.

In 2022, Kelly and seven other Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) staff members attended to present Wisconsin as a model for innovation, collaboration and growth.

What a difference five years makes.

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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.

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‘Silence is not an option’: The Continued Importance of Advocacy

‘Silence is not an option’: The Continued Importance of Advocacy

Advocacy has always been a part of who I am, even when I was too young to even know what the word “advocacy” meant. Earlier this year, I got to take my passion for early childhood advocacy to a big stage – the offices of Wisconsin’s elected officials – during the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Public Policy Forum. As a former early childhood educator and current Wisconsin Early Childhood Association employee, this experience elevated my passion and sense of urgency for advocacy on behalf of early care and education.

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