Thanks to all who’ve responded to “missing link” posting. It has sparked lively discussion. Despite a variety of perspectives, it’s important to name the common goal we all share: We all strive for quality because we value children, their families, and the important work we do. So, let’s keep the dialog open and let’s explore solutions to challenges, but let’s also celebrate the tremendous gains we have made to improve child care quality.
A few highlights:
- 3 out of 4 family child care providers in Wisconsin participate in a Food Program – funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. WECA alone processes almost $400,000 in claims monthly.
T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD
- Annually, Wisconsin allocates $4M to T.E.A.C.H. scholarships that provide accessible and affordable education for child care providers and to REWARD stipends.
- 1,100 child care providers participate in T.E.A.C.H. and 84% of them work in 2 and 3 star programs. Last year 1,612 providers received REWARD stipends.
- With YoungStar funding, over 3,000 Micro-Grants have been awarded – a $2.2M commitment to materials and resources for quality improvement within child care settings.
- To date almost 15,000 on-site technical consulting visits were made to over 4,000 child care programs, and 1,500 hours of training has been provided.
- 3,065 programs have been contacted by the Professional Development Counseling service, including all 2-star programs in Milwaukee. The service is offered free of charge.
Wisconsin’s children deserve the best possible start through quality early care. Thank you for your commitment to Wisconsin’s children.