Posted inGovernment, Local news, Schools

Neubauer hosts education forum focusing on Racine

RACINE — Advocates for public education met with Representative Greta Neubauer over Zoom on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing challenge of providing quality public education without sufficient funding. The Racine Unified School District is projecting a $34 million revenue shortfall in 2025 and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has an immediate $5.3 million deficit and has […]

Posted inGovernment, Life, Local news, Parenting

Republicans unwrap proposals for childcare that Democrats call inadequate

Republican lawmakers who have so far rejected calls to continue a subsidy program that helped stabilize childcare providers over the last two years began circulating draft legislation Wednesday that would increase the permitted ratio of children to teachers and lower the minimum age for entry-level childcare workers. Other proposals in the package of six draft […]

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Child care providers ‘are reeling’ as they wait for state to try again for financial support

It’s been a month since Wisconsin’s state budget took effect, without more than $300 million that providers and families had counted on to help sustain childcare services over the next two years. Ruth Schmidt, executive director, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association With the prospect of that continued support uncertain, “child care programs right now are reeling,” […]

Posted inBusiness, Government, Local news

Business campaign raises its profile for childcare aid in state budget

by Erik Gunn, Wisconsin ExaminerMay 16, 2023 Close to 100 business organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and nonprofits have signed on to a campaign to provide continued supplemental childcare funding in the next state budget, childcare advocates said Monday. “The bottom line is without accessible, high-quality, and affordable child care, attracting and retaining […]