WECA has long been a leader in the continued push for bold change in early care and education (ECE) in Wisconsin with a focus on serving the early childhood workforce. As the importance of ECE has continued to grow, WECA’s advocacy efforts have evolved to support early childhood professionals in addition to parents, businesses and communities.

WECA advocates for high-quality, accessible and affordable early care and education and strong supports for early childhood professionals.

In 2019, WECA launched the Wisconsin Infant Toddler Policy Project (WITPP), a multi-sector collaborative effort working to create transformational change for our state’s child care system and the optimal health and well-being of our state’s infants and toddlers. WITPP has now transformed into Raising Wisconsin, a multi-sector coalition led by WECA.

Raising Wisconsin’s goals are centered on:

  • Early Care and Education: All families will have access to a range of affordable, high-quality, culturally and linguistically-responsive child care options that meet their employment and family needs.
  • Early Childhood Workforce: The early care and education workforce will have the skills, training and support to deliver high-quality child care with commensurate compensation.
  • Optimal Health and Well-Being: All families will have access to the information and supports they need to promote their children’s optimal health and well-being.
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