Wisconsin doesn't have enough child care workers right now and because of the state of the industry overall, low wages included, recruiting more workers is a challenge.
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KIMBERLY — As Wisconsin parents of young children already know, finding good, affordable and available child care has become increasingly difficult.

According to a report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Wisconsin doesn’t have enough child care workers right now and because of the state of the industry overall, low wages included, recruiting more workers is a challenge.

Gov. Tony Evers used a partial veto this week on the state’s biennial budget to steer $15 million toward grants for child care centers through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. 

However Evers had proposed funding $300 million to make permanent the Child Care Counts program, which launched during the COVID-19 pandemic using federal aid, but the Republican controlled majority removed that proposal.

To help address the childcare crisis in the Fox Valley, Child Care Resource & Referral of the Fox Valley, in partnership with Fox Cities Chamber, is hosting a free program, “Starting Your Child Care Business.” 

This free informational session will be held both in-person and virtually on Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

REGISTER

The in-person session will be at the CCR&R offices at 1001 W. Kennedy Avenue, Suite A, Kimberly.

This program is designed to help participants understand the process of becoming a child care provider while addressing any questions and/or concerns they may have throughout the process.

CCR&R’s county certifier and pre-licensing specialist will answer questions and talk with participants about their interests in providing child care. 

Pre-registration is required. 

Continuing education hours are not provided for these information sessions.

Topics covered this session include:

  • County Certification
  • State Licensing
  • Child & Adult Care Food Program
  • CCR&R Resources
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Child Care Rates
  • Insurance, Taxes & Record Keeping
  • Running a Business

To register for either the in-person or virtual event, visit: https://ccrrfoxvalley.org/events/starting-your-child-care-business-information-session/

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