Wisconsin Family Child Care Association
Supporting Family Child Care Since 1982
Early Childhood Advocacy
Get involved in matters that you care about! Wisconsin Family Child Care Association is the professional voice of over 1,200 family child care providers. With so many voices joined together we CAN affect the lives of young children and the future of our profession!
Part of our job as early childhood professionals is to raise awareness about the importance of early care and education and advocate for early childhood issues. As family child care providers we have the added responsibility of advocating for the profession of family child care.
Current Early Childhood Advocacy News
Stay up-to-date on current early childhood advocacy topics! We'll post information as we become aware of it.
**Voice your support for T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD**
Make a call. Attend a listening session!
During this time of budget deliberations, many legislators are hosting listening sessions in their home districts. The sessions are designed for the legislator to listen to the concerns of constituents. It's a perfect time to voice your support for strong funding for T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD.
Find your legislators’ contact information
Download WECA’s Talking Points to assist in your conversation.
Make the Call
State your name, and address and say you are a constituent. Mention your expertise: “I am a childcare provider who works in....”
State your request
"I ask you to increase funding for T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD to an additional $7.5 million per year in the 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget." Thank them for their time.
Find a Listening Session near you and attend
While you’re on the phone with your legislator ask if there are any listening sessions planned.
Use WECA’s Facebook page to share how the process went. Thank you for speaking out!
Governor Walker Announces 2017-2019 Budget Provisions
On Tuesday, February 4, 2017, Governor Walker announced portions of his 2017-19 budget proposal in the Wisconsin Counties Association Legislative Exchange session. See Governor Walker's press release for more details. Some of the budget provisions include:
- Funds to eliminate the waiting list for supports for children with certain disabilities.
- Increased aid for child welfare costs.
- Increased foster and kinship care rates, and nursing home provider rates.
- Funds to expand the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program (TAD)
- Additional funds for grants to counties to expand drug courts.
- Allowing counties to create joint agencies to administer various programs and services.
- Funds for certain abatement projects and other conservation activities performed by counties.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
- Contact your legislators. Visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website and click on "Find My Legislators" to discover who your representatives are.
- Invite local legislators to visit your program. Take a picture of them with the children and send them a copy with a thank you note.
- Visit NAFCC's Public Policy page for current issues and advocacy tools.
- Child Care Aware Advocacy Toolkit
- NAEYC Public Policy
- NAFCC Public Policy
- Provider Appreciation Day
- Tom Copeland Blog - Advocacy Articles
- Wisconsin Counsel on Children and Families
- Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition
- Worthy Wage Day
- Zero to Three Public Policy Action Center
Early Childhood Advocacy Actions
Research shows that quality early childhood experiences are critical for promoting children's health, confidence, and success later in life. Family child care programs provide the high quality experiences children need to succeed. Family child care programs also promote local economic growth by supporting today's working families and nurturing the workforce of tomorrow.
Here are some ways to get started:
Early Childhood Advocacy Resources
These advocacy resources can help your advocacy efforts. Please let us know of other helpful early childhood advocacy resources not listed here.