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Early Education

Research has shown that the first five years play an enormous role in a child's ongoing development and future success. Since most kids are in a child care or preschool setting while their parents are at work, it's critical that we invest in a high-quality early education system that provides the experiences kids need for healthy development.

New Study: YoungStar Needs Help

A new study: Rating YoungStar – How Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement measures up by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) carefully analyzes the last few years of YoungStar, with many recommendations for improvement.

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Wisconsin Ranked 4th in the Nation in Access to Early Education for 4-year-olds

According to the recently released 2016 report on preschool nationwide, Wisconsin is ranked 4th in the nation for the percentage of 4-year-olds in state-funded Pre-Kindergarten programs in the 2015-16 school year. Wisconsin, through its Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Program and its Head Start State Supplement program, enrolled 51,551 children, almost 71 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds and […]

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Children Learn by Playing

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released a video Play is the Way! to emphasize the importance of play in early learning and development. The short video, starring Sheila Briggs, Assistant State Superintendent, describes how young children learn and develop through interaction and play.

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Steep Decline in Regulated Family Child Care

The decline of family child care was a topic recently when the Joint Finance Committee members discussed issues with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on March 29, 2017. Senator Sheila Harsdorf was concerned about the sharp decline of family child care. She has heard from her constituents that the decline may be due […]

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Business Leaders Say Learning Social and Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Leads to Workforce Success, but Wisconsin Has a Long Way to Go

A new report, Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success, has just been released from ReadyNation, a national group of business leaders. ReadyNation is part of the Council for a Strong America. This year the Council has been promoting high-quality child care and evidence-based home visiting in Wisconsin, including meeting with the Governor and […]

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