Day Care in Wisconsin:
Parents can't afford to pay.
Providers can't afford to stay.
Why is child care so hard to find and so hard to afford? What barriers do providers face? What else in Wisconsin would work better if every child had the quality of care they need to grow and succeed? How can we get there?
Demand is high. In the eastern third of Wisconsin, most counties have 30 to 50 children under age 5 for every childcare establishment. Even Dane County has 20 to 25 such children per childcare provider.
Yet we are losing, not gaining, providers, especially in infant care. Peggy Haack, Outreach Coordinator at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association will look at the problem from the perspective of a longtime child care provider in Madison, discuss the evolution of childcare in Wisconsin since the late ‘90s, and the impact of government support and regulatory structures. Jen Bailey, Executive Director of Reach Dane, will look at the problem from the perspective of families in Dane County. Together they will focus on what is currently being done and how others in the community are coming together to help find solutions.
We all have a stake in high quality, affordable childcare that helps parents to work and helps children to develop in safe and stimulating environments. Our speakers will identify some organizations, projects and legislative initiatives that you may want to support.
Study materials will be posted later. Print copies will be available at the forum.