Sen. Johnson to Hold August Listening Sessions with WI Voters

US Senator Ron Johnson (WI)

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson will hold listening sessions from August 16 to the 25 in communities across Wisconsin. Senator Johnson will not be present but his staff will relay messages from constituents back to him. WECA encourages all early childhood care and education supporters to attend the listening sessions with Senator Johnson’s staff to voice their opinions on the importance of funding early care programs.

With the current political climate, and the passing of the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, funding cuts to early care programs could impact families, children, and providers. Programs including Head Start, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Preschool Grants Program for Children with Disabilities could all face cuts.

Here are a few talking points to help you share your opinions when speaking with Senator Johnson’s staff members:

Moving forward, it is important to continue providing federal funding to support early childhood care and education in Wisconsin. Early child care and education programs prepare children to succeed when they enter school and allow parents to be reliable employees at work. Please support early childhood care and education funding in upcoming budget discussions.  It is a wise investment today—to help assure that employers have the workers they need—and for the future, so we can raise a new generation of children ready to succeed in school, work, and life.

Listening Session Schedule:

Tuesday, August 16th, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Council Chambers, Brookfield City Hall
2000 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI 53005

Tuesday, August 16th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Community Room, Altoona City Hall
1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI 54720

Tuesday, August 16th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Menomonee Falls Village Hall
W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Tuesday, August 16th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Council Room, Clark County Courthouse
517 Court Street, Neillsville, WI 54456

Tuesday, August 16th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Large Room, Crandon Public Library
110 West Polk Street, Crandon, WI 54520

Tuesday, August 16th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
West Entrance Meeting Room, Taylor Co Courthouse
224 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451

Tuesday, August 16th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WPS Room, Stephenson Public Library
1700 Hall Ave, Marinette, WI 54143

Thursday, August 18th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Conference Room, Florence County Courthouse
501 Lake Avenue, Florence, WI 54121

Thursday, August 18th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lone Rock Community Center
Corner of Liberty Street and Broadway Street, Lone Rock, WI 53556

Thursday, August 18th, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Council Chambers, Eagle River City Hall
525 East Maple Street, Eagle River, WI 54521

Thursday, August 18th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Council Chambers, Rhinelander, City Hall
135 South Stevens Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Friday, August 19th, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Small Meeting Room, Hales Corners Village Hall
5635 South New Berlin Road, Hales Corners, WI 53130

Friday, August 19th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Meeting Room A, Appleton Public Library
225 Oneida Street, Appleton, WI 54911

Friday, August 19th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Meeting Room, Capitol Library
3969 North 74th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53216

Thursday, August 25th, 2011, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Centro Hispano of Dane County
810 West Badger Rd, Madison, WI 53713

Attend a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Paul Ryan

Recently, the House approved a Budget Resolution, that would radically alter major programs for low-income families and create an approach to deficit reduction that would severely constrict services for at-risk children. Following that, discussions on long-term deficit reduction plans are heating up in Washington. Most proposals look at broad changes and don’t touch on programs like Early Head Start, child care, and others that help provide a healthy future for young children. This could mean a lot less funding for these programs down the road.

Attend a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Paul Ryan!

As a Wisconsin resident, these town hall meeting are a prime opportunity to educate your Congressman on the importance of the earliest years in a child’s life. Take action by attending a Town Hall event with Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-01) in your area and ask a question!

Meeting details:
Town Hall meetings with Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-01)
Tuesday, April 26:
• 9:30am at City Hall, 626 Geneva St, Lake Geneva, WI
• 11:00am at Village Hall, 108 East Main St, Twin Lakes, WI
• 1:30pm at Village Hall, 6969 236th Avenue, Paddock Lake, WI
• 3:00pm at Gateway Technical College, Madrigrano Auditorium, 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

Thursday, April 28th:
• 9:45 am at Village Hall, 123 North River St, Waterford, WI
• 11:15am at Franklin High School, Gymnasium, 8222 South 51st St, Franklin, WI *Attendees should park in LOWER/STUDENT LOT
• 1:30pm at Oak Creek Police Department, 301 West Ryan Road, Oak Creek, WI
• 3:00pm at Whitnall High School, Auditorium, 5000 South 116th Street, Greenfield, WI

Friday, April 29th:
• 10:30am,at Veterans Terrace (Liberty Hall), 589 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI
• 1:00pm, at Community State Bank, 1500 Main St, Union Grove, WI
• 2:15pm, at Village Hall, 2801 89th St, Sturtevant, WI
• 3:45pm, at Caesar Chavez Communtiy Center Gymnasium, 2221 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI

Sample Question to ask:

“Your budget would require deep cuts to programs that help very vulnerable young children beat the odds, get ready for school, and be productive workers. Because around half of all young children in America live in low-income families, these cuts would have a huge, negative impact. Under your budget, they won’t be able to share in the prosperity you talk about. And what’s more, our country won’t be able to achieve future prosperity without them. What will you do to make sure at-risk children have access to greater opportunities NOW so that we don’t all lose out in the long run?”