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.
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.
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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Get the tools you need to effectively communicate with Wisconsin’s elected officials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.