Upcoming Events

Our events are informative, engaging, and provide valuable information and engagement opportunities, on topics and trends in early care and education. Bookmark this page for easy access to information on our upcoming events!

The Big Share®

The Big Share is just around the corner! We’re excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this impactful fundraising event, hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW).

CSW is a membership organization made up of about 70 nonprofits, including Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, that advocate for social and environmental justice. Every March, CSW hosts The Big Share, an online day of community giving to support member nonprofits – like WECA. Your support fuels a movement that is based on partnership, support, and collaborative spirit.

We hope you’ll join us on Mar. 5 — and stay tuned: We’ll soon share additional details about how you can help #MakeChangeHappen!

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Virtual Engagement Forums – English

These virtual English-language sessions are tailored for early educators working directly with young children to provide a welcoming space for open discussion and conversation about concerns, challenges, questions, and more surrounding advocacy. The events also allow for open dialogue so providers can be resources for each other, as well as welcoming guest speakers to expand the conversation around advocating for early childhood.

Held the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m., January through June 2024.

Virtual Engagement Forums – Spanish

Join WECA and Raising Wisconsin for virtual sessions tailored for early educators working directly with young children to provide a welcoming space for open discussion and conversation about concerns, challenges, questions, and more. The events also allow for open dialogue so providers can be resources for each other. Information also will be shared on WECA programs, resources, and services.

These Spanish-language sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from January through May. 

NAEYC Week of the Young Child

WEESSN EAP Series: Moving Forward Together

 The WEESSN EAP Series: Moving Forward Together is an offering of four guided sessions and three support groups designed to help you build skills and strategies to handle stress and deal with challenging times. The sessions will be led by professional counselors from SupportLinc, our EAP provider. Get all the details here.

NAEYC Week of the Young Child

Advocacy Events

Raising Wisconsin, a WECA-led advocacy and policy initiative, hosts webinars, seminars, and other advocacy training opportunities for those interested in stay informed and engaged on early care and education and health and well-being policy and advocacy efforts.

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On-Demand Training Opportunities

Visit our Training Opportunities page for a variety of educational opportunities on relevant topics for early childhood professionals, some of which offer Wisconsin Registry credit.

Past Events

NAEYC Week of the Young Child

Recap: A Day Without Child Care

Providers, families, and community leaders throughout Wisconsin marked A Day Without Child Care on Monday, May 8, 2023, to raise awareness about the importance of the early childhood workforce in supporting working families, young children, and the economy. Local events in conjunction with this national day of action prompted significant news coverage from media in all corners of the state.

WECA and Raising Wisconsin partnered to share dozens of testimonial videos from parents who provided perspective on what a day without child care would look like for them and how it would impact their lives and livelihood. The effort also included tagging and engaging JFC members to increase legislative awareness of the day and its impact.

NAEYC Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child

Annually First Week of April

An annual event, sponsored by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. WECA celebrates all week with a host of engaging and inspiring activities.

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