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.

Fall Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The Fall Legislative Session ended in the early morning hours of November 6, 2009. Here is a wrap up of the action by the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly. Bills ready for the Governor to sign Supreme Court Elections – Senate Bill 40, authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Eau Claire) and Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) was […]

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Madison Honored for Child Care Efforts

The City of Madison was honored for its “cutting-edge early childhood initiatives” by the National League of Cities in October. The city’s Child Care Assistance Program was recognized as one of the nation’s four most innovative city models for promoting early childhood success. Madison is one of the few cities in the United States with […]

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A Chapin Hall Brief on the Role Home Visitation Programs Play in a Comprehensive Approach to Early Childhood Development

A recently released brief by Chapin Hall, titled Embedding Home Visitation Programs Within a System of Early Childhood Services, provides a great summary of the value of quality home visitation services in ensuring the healthy development of at-risk children, especially birth to three. Perhaps of greatest interest to practitioners and policy-makers is the summary of […]

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Update on Federal Early Learning Initiatives

WCCF has put together a summary of key federal early learning initiatives being deliberated in the Congress. With President Obama’s strong interest in early learning, the proposals on the table offer excellent opportunities for Wisconsin if they pass. The proposals include: the Early Learning Challenge Fund Home Visiting proposal Head Start and Early Head Start, […]

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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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