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Employers & Economic Leaders

 

Your voice matters: You see the impact of child care challenges and you know they remain critical barriers to functioning, profitable businesses, reliable employees and the health of your communities.

 

Elected officials need to hear from you.

ADVOCACY SIGN-ON LETTER

We are collecting signatures for a letter that will be sent to Wisconsin’s elected officials and policymakers to highlight the business and economic case for a significant state investment into child care in the state’s 2023-35 biennial budget. Review the letter, see who’s added their name, and add your name by visiting this page.

CHILD CARE'S BUSINESS IMPACT

Take a few minutes to watch this video providing perspective and data on how child care challenges affect employers, Wisconsin’s broad workforce, and the economy. You’ll hear from three Wisconsin businesses and their first-hand insights on implications in their communities.

WHAT’S THE ECONOMY GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Learn more about the workforce and economic implications of Wisconsin’s child care challenges with perspectives on the need for state investment into early childhood from a panel of respected business and economic leaders in this replay of Raising Wisconsin’s Oct. 27 webinar. 

HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE

We have the information you need to be an effective advocate and share your critical perspective with elected officials and policymakers.

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Business Perspective

“We know investments in early childhood care and education foster not only healthier children, but also economic development and growth, because parents’ working lives are directly dependent on affordable and accessible high-quality early childhood programs. When businesses invest in the early childhood network they are supporting their employees, young children, business productivity and our communities.”

 

-Sharon Neylon, Social Impact Advisor at American Family Institute for Corporate & Social Impact

Legislator-Employer Child Care Forums

Employers and economic leaders and child care professionals participate in district meetings with state legislators. The forums focus on the child care challenges in each legislator’s district and highlight the impact of limited child care availability and accessibility on the workforce and economy. Wisconsin Early Childhood Association helps organize the events in collaboration with economic development organizations and local officials from across the state.

WECA continues to meet with legislators at the federal and state levels to highlight the importance of child care funding legislation and packages under consideration. A variety of business leaders and community members participate to discuss access and affordability issues and the ripple effect created by child care challenges. 

If you are interested in hosting a forum in your community, please contact us to learn more.