More than 1,200 researchers agree that quality early care and education produces better education, health, economic, and social outcomes for children, families, and the nation. Despite this, Wisconsin has a long ways to go to ensure that every child in this state is receiving high-quality early care and education. Because of this, the Wisconsin Early […]
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 […]
As we in Wisconsin battle to make modest child care policy improvements after a decade of reduction in child care investment, I am sending this Policy Paper by Economic Policy Institute that clearly lays out key issues that need to be addressed:
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced that, with the addition of four more communities, 97.6% of Wisconsin school districts offer four-year-old kindergarten (4K).
WCCF has analyzed Governor Walker’s key budget proposals for early care, described in a two-page summary HERE Below are some highlights: Increase in the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy budget The proposed child care subsidy budget includes an increase from the 2016-17 base of $8.5 million in year one and $27.5 million in year two.
Nobel Laureate Economist James Heckman and venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker agree that solid gains come when quality child care is linked to quality preschool, according to a post from the University of Chicago, Combining Quality Child Care and Preschool.
Soon after very positive findings from North Carolina’s investments in quality early care and education were highlighted in a recent blog, http://kidsforward.net/north-carolina-early-childhood-investment-pays-off/, Michigan is getting major attention with its Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). The program is particularly focused on at-risk children, with solid results.
In late January Governor Walker recommended a policy that allows working families receiving Wisconsin Shares subsidies to continue on the subsidy program beyond the current income threshold which is 200 percent of the poverty level.
The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) has developed a campaign to support high-quality child care and to expand home visiting opportunities.
North Carolina is making waves again in early childhood! The state’s investment in two early child care and education programs, Smart Start and More at Four, has resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placement through fifth grade. The research was done by the Duke Center for Child and Family […]