Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will use newly discovered federal dollars to keep a pandemic-era child care subsidy program going for another year and a half, his administration announced Monday.
When a child care center closes, especially in a small town, it frays the ties that keep a community together. Children become scattered, separated from the only caregivers most had ever known.
In Outagamie County, there are over 1,200 children younger than 2 on regulated child care waitlists.
Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature voted to end funding for a pandemic-era child care subsidy program over the objections of Democrats and child care providers who argued that the move would be devastating for needy families and the state’s economy.
Milwaukee County parents spend more of their income on child care than most Americans. Gov. Tony Evers wants to intervene as Wisconsin providers face a fiscal cliff.
Industry experts and child care providers say effectively addressing needs will require the efforts of government, employers and families.
Langlade County, where Antigo is located, is a child care desert: an area either without child care or where there’s fewer than one slot per three children.
Unaffordable child care means, Wisconsin parents work less, earn less and stress more.
No. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin for the U.S. Senate, advocates lowering middle class taxes, not raising them.