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Families

Your voice matters: Parents, families and caregivers of young children take the brunt of the “perfect storm” that is the child care crisis – availability issues, unaffordable options and the impact on work and career. And, you also know how vital child care is for the optimal, healthy development of your children. 

 

Elected officials need to hear from you. 

LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN: URGE LEGISLATORS TO INVEST IN CHILD CARE

Join us in sending letters to your state legislators to share the importance of significant state investment into child care in the 2023-25 state biennial budget.

It’s easy: Click the link below to visit an online letter-writing portal, where you input your name and residential address and click through the steps to send a letter to your local legislators. The letters are already drafted for you, and you can input your personal and local experiences into the message to ensure your elected officials hear real-life experiences from parents and families in their districts. There are instructions for how to add your personal story.

FAMILY VOICES: PARENT EXPERIENCES WITH CHILD CARE CHALLENGES

Wisconsin families struggle to afford and find child care for their children. Watch this video for the real-life, day-to-day experiences of parents as they navigate the state’s child care challenges.

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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FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Last year, state legislators expressed they did not hear from parents and caregivers on the child care challenges they face in their districts. This year, WECA and Wisconsin Partners are collaborating to provide outreach and focus on parent engagement. First-hand experiences will help frame the need for a strong investment in child care, particularly in key legislative districts. Regions of initial focus include Southwest Wisconsin, Sheboygan/Manitowoc, Northeast Wisconsin, Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley, Racine/Kenosha and Waukesha.

Stipends are available for parents and caregivers who participate. Contact Rachel Peller at rlpeller@wisconsinpartners.org with questions or for more information.

IN HER WORDS

“Child care, to us, is that village mentality. It’s having a support system when I have to focus on my other responsibilities as an adult, as a person – having other individuals that support my kids and their endeavors, their goals, their dreams and gives them love, care and affection.”

– LEANNA, RACINE

PARENT ADVOCACY TRAINING RESOURCES

Watch these training sessions for insights on how to tell your child care story – both your experiences and how data plays a role in effective advocacy.