Investing in the early childhood workforce and system infrastructure
The budget begins to address the structural problems in the child care industry laid bare during the pandemic with a historic $106 million investment of state dollars and a delinking of YoungStar and Wisconsin Shares. These items combined create Child Care Strong, a $140 million dollar fund to provide payments per child to providers to address quality, affordability, accessibility, and equity for children both in Wisconsin Shares and unsubsidized child care. These payments will replace the YoungStar 4- and 5-star bonuses and the Micro Grants.
The Child Care Strong Payment Estimator is designed to help early care and education providers estimate the payments they would be eligible for under the governor’s Child Care Strong program. https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/budget/early-care/ccs-calc
Also check out the FAQ section of Child Care Strong for more answers about the program. https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/budget/early-care/faq
Make your VOICE heard!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joan Beck, President
Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Emilie Amundson signaled their intent to submit a plan with the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) to use the additional Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) award Wisconsin received.
Congress allocated additional funds for childcare to states through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Wisconsin received roughly $148.8 million in CCDBG funds to offset the continued impact of the pandemic on costs associated with providing early care and education. The proposed plan will be submitted through the §16.54 process and reviewed by JFC before funds can reach early care and education providers and partners. CLICK HERE to access the entire press release.
“DCF Secretary Amundson and her team have been very willing to work with us and listen to our concerns,” said Joan Beck, WCCAA President and Administrator of Willows Christian Child Care in Dodge County. “We thank them for their hard work on this plan. We hope the money can get out into the field as soon as possible.”
“The WCCAA’s top priority has been more assistance to help us better pay and retain our dedicated and hard-working staff,” Beck continued. “While more still needs to be done, this plan is an important step in the right direction.”
CLICK HERE to read WCCAA’s full statement on the Governor’s plan.
Please review and contact your legislators today. This is an important move for Early Care & Education.
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