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Early Care and Education

Child Care and Early Learning in the Governor’s 2013-15 Budget

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal related to child care and early learning is disappointing. For those hoping for a significant strengthening of YoungStar and adjustments in Wisconsin Shares payment policies will find little to cheer about, except for a modest change in the YoungStar tiered reimbursement system.

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Restore $35 million in Child Care Funding

Two years ago the Wisconsin Legislature approved YoungStar with strong bipartisan support. This was a prudent investment to improve early learning for children from low-income working families receiving Wisconsin Shares subsidy payments.

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The Unique History of Four-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin

As universal public 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) continues to expand across the state, many are not aware that 4K has a history going back over 160 years. The first kindergarten in the United States was founded in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856, shortly after the first “kindergarten” was opened in Germany in 1837 by Friedrich Fröebel.

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The Economic Benefits of Investing in Early Learning

Why is there such an unusual consensus about the effectiveness of high-quality early learning programs from leaders in business, economics, law enforcement, and government? The answer has a lot to do with scientific evidence about brain development and the effectiveness of early childhood intervention efforts.

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