Early Care and 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.

The New Push for Quality Child Care

The cover story of this week’s issue of Parade magazine focused on the need for quality child care in its Sunday issue on July 19, 2009. The article, “The New Push for Quality Child Care,” by Leslie Bennetts, explored the crunch facing families trying to afford child care and the far-reaching social and educational benefits […]

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New WCCF Report: Economic Benefits of Investing in Early Ed.

WCCF has just released a new policy brief, authored by Dave Edie, on the economic benefits of early investments. The brief, “Great Investment: The Economic Benefits of Investing in Early Learning,” explores the importance of early brain development, the extraordinary research on the positive effects of high-quality early childhood programs, the strong return on investment […]

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Joint Finance Committee Funds Wisconsin Shares Despite Large Deficit

The Joint Finance Committee finished their work on the state budget pretty early this morning after an all night session. The Committee adopted a motion that funded the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, authored by Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee). The motion eliminated the creation of waiting lists for the […]

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Governor Proposes Child Care Reforms

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that the governor is proposing a series of reforms, including addition of a quality rating system, to the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. Several of the changes will be included in his budget proposal, which he is unveiling this evening. In addition to the rating system, the reforms […]

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Benefits of preschool cited in research review

A review of 123 studies carried out over five decades concluded that there are substantial positive cognitive benefits for children who attend preschool education programs prior to entering kindergarten. Positive results were also found for children’s social skills and school progress. This summary of the meta-analysis was led by Gregory Camilli and included Steve Barnett, […]

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