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Events

Raising Wisconsin hosts webinars, in-person sessions, and other events designed to inform audiences across the state on early care and education and optimal child health and well-being. Bookmark and check this page for upcoming events and relevant registration information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

ECE Regional Engagement Forums

Raising Wisconsin and WECA are here to listen – and support and empower you to advocate for early care and education. Attend an in-person regional engagement forum for a fun evening of connection, sharing, and learning. We’ll have meaningful discussions, learn from each other, and hear more about ways to engage with Raising Wisconsin and WECA to advocate for child care. Note: These are English-language sessions.

 

Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Oshkosh Food Co-op, Oshkosh

PAST EVENTS

Child Care Advocacy Day

Wednesday, April 5 | Madison, Wis.

Raising Wisconsin, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, and Wisconsin Head Start Association partnered for a Child Care Advocacy Day dedicated to connecting with lawmakers on the importance of a $300 million state investment into the Child Care Counts Program in the 2023 Wisconsin state budget. Child care advocates – providers, families, business owners, and community officials – started the day with an advocacy training followed by legislative visits at the state Capitol.

For a press release on the event, visit our In the News page.

State Budget Listening Sessions

We made our voices heard about the importance of strong state investments into child care and health and well-being at budget listening sessions held by state representatives and state senators in local districts.

Early Childhood Health & Well-Being Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 1 Virtual and In-Person | Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Virtual speakers and workshops supported health and well-being of infants, young children, and families. The afternoon included virtual or in-person meetings with Wisconsin legislative representatives at the state Capitol.

A virtual advocacy training session also was held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to prepare.

Training Webinar: Sharing Your Story to Drive Success Toward a Strong Investment in Child Care

Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7:30-9 p.m. | Zoom

Guests joined the National Collaborative for Infants & Toddlers for an interactive training session to learn why provider and/or parent stories are critical to successful funding of Child Care Counts. The session also assisted with preparing and practicing storytelling.

A Child Care Symposium: Innovations for Today, Solutions for Tomorrow

Wednesday, Feb. 15 | Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells

In partnership with Wisconsin Counties Association and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, an engaging day on the state of child care in Wisconsin, the value of local innovations, and long-term solutions for the future. The event featured perspective from Department of Children and Families, Bipartisan Policy Center, a rich conversation between a Chamber of Commerce, a working parent, and a child care program to uncover continued challenges and point to long term solutions, and afternoon breakout sessions.

The event also provided updates on Project Growth, Raising Wisconsin advocacy efforts, and coalition building amid the backdrop of the state budget process.

Webinar: Business and Economic Voices: The Growing Intersection of Child Care, Business, and Workforce Productivity

Friday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Zoom

An engaging virtual session on the critical need for business and economic voices in seeking state-level solutions to child care challenges. The session kicked off with keynote remarks from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Missy Hughes on child care’s business and economic impact. The rest of the session featured a panel discussion from Chamber and economic leaders on local child care challenges and what employers are sharing with them regarding the impact on business and workforce productivity.

Training Webinar: Advocating for Child Care Counts Now

Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. | Zoom

Parents and providers are key to getting Wisconsin to commit the investment needed into child care and optimal child health and well-being! Guests from the National Collaborative for Infants & Toddlers provided an interactive training session to share more about what is being proposed in Wisconsin, how progress is being made, and how parents and providers can advocate, tell their story, and build relationships with lawmakers.

Training Webinar: Wisconsin’s State Budget: The Process, Influencing Decision-Making, and More

Thursday, Dec. 15  | Zoom

Join us for an informational session on understanding Wisconsin’s state budget process – how government leaders, policymakers, and elected officials influence the process, and how parent advocates can most effectively make their voices heard and influence critical child care priorities. This event will cover the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and provide a high-level introduction to the public policy process.

Training Webinar: Using Data to Tell Your Story

Thursday, Nov. 17 | Zoom

An educational webinar for parents and caregivers to help parents and caregivers understand how data can be used to make change, what data and information is available on child care, and what that data means when taking advocacy actions. This event is tailored for parents and caregivers in southwest Wisconsin, the Sheboygan and Manitowoc areas, northeast Wisconsin, the Eau Claire-Chippewa Valley, Racine, Kenosha, and Waukesha.

For more information on parent engagement efforts, visit our Families page.

Training Webinar: The Power of Parents

Thursday, Oct. 27 | Zoom

An educational webinar for parents and caregivers to learn how to tell their story and urge elected officials to invest in child care. This event is tailored for parents and caregivers in southwest Wisconsin, the Sheboygan and Manitowoc areas, northeast Wisconsin, the Eau Claire-Chippewa Valley, Racine, Kenosha, and Waukesha.

For more information on parent engagement efforts, visit our Families page.

 

Webinar: What’s the Economy Got to Do with It? The Business Case for State Investment in Early Childhood in Wisconsin

Thursday, Oct. 27 | Zoom

An engaging virtual session on the business and economic implications of Wisconsin’s child care challenges and insights on the urgent need for state investment into early care and education. A panel of three Wisconsin business leaders shared first-hand insights and WECA provided information on the state’s child care landscape and upcoming Raising Wisconsin events.