Take ActionEarly Childhood Professionals
Early childhood professionals are highly educated, experienced and critical to the optimal development of Wisconsin’s youngest children and the economic future of the state in supporting working families. Despite the importance of your role, you likely experience significant challenges, including low pay and lack of access to benefits.
Elected officials need to hear from you.
WISCONSIN NEEDS TO INVEST IN CHILD CARE NOW
Use this letter-writing portal to tell your state elected officials to invest significant state revenue into child care. Without action, Wisconsin risks a deepening crisis: programs forced to raise rates and consider closing, added financial strains for working families, and the workforce and economic consequences that will result. Send a letter to tell your state elected officials it is their job to ensure child care providers, young children, families, and the economy receive the support they need, especially with more than $4 billion in state surplus available.
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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Get the tools you need to effectively communicate with Wisconsin’s elected officials.
ADVANCING WORKFORCE EQUITY
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association is contracting with Dr. Toshiba Adams to lead the Advancing Equity in Wisconsin’s Early Education Workforce study. It seeks to elevate the voices and lived experiences of early educators from diverse backgrounds: Currently, we are seeking to interview participants who are members of Tribal communities or live/work in Wisconsin’s rural areas.
Data collected from the study will help inform policy changes moving forward. Learn more about participation by contacting Toshiba Adams, Ph.D./Lead Researcher at EquityInWIECE@gmail.com.
IN HER WORDS: EDUCATED AND VITAL
“Everybody who works here either has a 2-year or 4-year degree in early education, so you need to compensate people. And we’ve all been trained and learned the importance of brain development in these early years – how that impacts children if they don’t get what they need.”
-RENAE, BEAVER DAM
Study Findings: The State of Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Workforce
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN’S EARLY
CARE AND EDUCATION WORKFORCE
Read the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association’s brief on the state of Wisconsin’s early care and education workforce and recommendations for moving forward.
IN HER WORDS
“… Each and every one of my teachers put their heart and soul into their job and loves each child that comes through the door to their classroom … We pay a generous hourly wage but are unable to provide any type of benefits. We need change so that early childhood educators are treated and compensated equally to elementary school teachers. I can’t wait to see the changes so my teachers can make a livable wage!”