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Partner Up! Grant Program
First implemented in June 2022, the Partner Up! grant program provides funding to help businesses purchase child care slots on behalf of their employees. Child care programs can apply as businesses to help cover the cost of child care expenses for their own staff. This program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act, the Preschool Development Grant, and Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training. Learn more: Partner up! Grant Program Sources:Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. (n.d.). Partner Up! Grant Program.
  • Workforce
    • Benefits
    2022
    • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization)
    • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
    Helps child care businesses cover the cost of child care for employees
    First implemented in June 2022, the Partner Up! grant program provides funding to help businesses purchase child care slots on behalf of their employees. Child care programs can apply as businesses to help cover the cost of child care expenses for their own staff. This program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act, the Preschool Development Grant, and Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training. Learn more: Partner up! Grant Program Sources:Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. (n.d.). Partner Up! Grant Program.
    Wisconsin Early Childhood Integrated Data System
    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have hosted the state’s Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) since 2017. The system fosters data-sharing agreements and a data-sharing process for the agencies' demographic, program, and individual data on early childhood services, including child care subsidies, child support, birth records, early health records, maternal health, attendance, and enrollment. The system uses a matching system and encrypted file manager tool to upload deidentified data to an ECIDS portal for researchers’ and agencies’ projects and analyses. The Wisconsin ECIDS compliments the Department of Public Instruction’s WiseDash system, which contains deidentified individual data available by request. The system is funded through a federal Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. Learn more: Wisconsin's Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)
    • Infrastructure to Support Early Childhood Systems
      • Data Systems
      2017 $15,790,077 in Phase 1
      Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
      Early Childhood Integrated Data System
      The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have hosted the state’s Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) since 2017. The system fosters data-sharing agreements and a data-sharing process for the agencies' demographic, program, and individual data on early childhood services, including child care subsidies, child support, birth records, early health records, maternal health, attendance, and enrollment. The system uses a matching system and encrypted file manager tool to upload deidentified data to an ECIDS portal for researchers’ and agencies’ projects and analyses. The Wisconsin ECIDS compliments the Department of Public Instruction’s WiseDash system, which contains deidentified individual data available by request. The system is funded through a federal Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. Learn more: Wisconsin's Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)
      Wisconsin Four-Year-Old Kindergarten
      In 1898, the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to permit schools to establish 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) alongside 5-year-old kindergarten (5K). 4K is now available to all children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. The program is universal, free, and voluntary for families, and it is offered through a mixed-delivery system. 4K’s delivery model is varied and includes half-day and full-day programs, offered across 97% of the state’s districts and in partner child care, Head Start, and private programs. Wisconsin received a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five Renewal in 2021, which was used to conduct a needs assessment and development of a strategic plan to further expand access to public programs. Learn More: Wisconsin Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Sources:Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). History of 4K and 5K in Wisconsin.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Wisconsin.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). Wisconsin.
      • Expansion
        • Public Pre-K
          • Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
            • Targeted Pre-K Policy (3-Year-Olds)
              • More Than 60% of Children Served (4-Year-Olds)
            1898 $167 million in FY22
            • State-Funded Pre-K
            • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
            Percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 61% Percentage of 3-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 1% Minimum hours of operation: 2.5 hrs/day
            In 1898, the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to permit schools to establish 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) alongside 5-year-old kindergarten (5K). 4K is now available to all children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. The program is universal, free, and voluntary for families, and it is offered through a mixed-delivery system. 4K’s delivery model is varied and includes half-day and full-day programs, offered across 97% of the state’s districts and in partner child care, Head Start, and private programs. Wisconsin received a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five Renewal in 2021, which was used to conduct a needs assessment and development of a strategic plan to further expand access to public programs. Learn More: Wisconsin Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Sources:Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). History of 4K and 5K in Wisconsin.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Wisconsin.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). Wisconsin.
            REWARD Wisconsin
            Wisconsin's REWARD program provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level and commitment to their early education program. REWARD is designed to retain and support the professional development of early childhood educators; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Supplements range from $500 to $1,900 per educator per year, with an average payment of $615. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. In FY22, REWARD provided supplements to 11,381 early educators; turnover among recipients was 1%, which is much lower than the estimated 26-40% turnover rate among educators in licensed child care programs nationwide. Learn More: REWARD Program Sources:Wisconsin AEYC. (n.d.). REWARD Wisconsin.
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              • Bonuses and Supplemental Pay
                • Professional Learning
                CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization)
                $500 to $1,900 per educator per year, with an average supplement of $615
                Wisconsin's REWARD program provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level and commitment to their early education program. REWARD is designed to retain and support the professional development of early childhood educators; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Supplements range from $500 to $1,900 per educator per year, with an average payment of $615. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. In FY22, REWARD provided supplements to 11,381 early educators; turnover among recipients was 1%, which is much lower than the estimated 26-40% turnover rate among educators in licensed child care programs nationwide. Learn More: REWARD Program Sources:Wisconsin AEYC. (n.d.). REWARD Wisconsin.
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                Demographics Data Scorecard

                State population

                5,892,539 Source U.S. Census, 2022

                Rural %

                32.9% Source U.S. Census, 2020

                Urban %

                67.1% Source U.S. Census, 2020

                Number of children 0–4

                320,245 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

                35% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Median family income among households with children

                $87,000.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Unemployment rate

                3.2% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

                Unemployment rate of parents

                4% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

                73% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

                21% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

                Race and Ethnicity

                • American Indian and Alaska Native (1%)
                • Asian (4%)
                • Black or African American (9%)
                • Hispanic or Latino (13%)
                • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (.5%)
                • Two or more races (4%)
                • White, not Hispanic or Latino (65%)
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                Early Childhood Education Programs

                Public Pre-K Program Name

                Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Program (4K) Source: NIEER 2023

                Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

                Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

                Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

                Programs

                • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (0.05%)
                • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (8%)
                • Other/None (87.95%)

                Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

                Programs

                • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (61%)
                • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (8%)
                • Other/None (31%)

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                2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

                Role

                • Child Care Workers
                  $10.49 (2017, adjusted)
                  $10.66 (2019)
                • Preschool Teachers
                  $12.18 (2017, adjusted)
                  $12.23 (2019)
                • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
                  $20.43 (2017, adjusted)
                  $21.64 (2019)

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                Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

                Funding Source

                • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($164.7)
                • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($136.5)
                • CCDBG State Match ($14.9)
                • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($780.2)
                • State-Funded Pre-K ($148.6)
                • MIECHV ($9.6)
                • IDEA Part C ($11)
                • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($14.7)
                • TANF Early Learning and Care ($195.8)
                • Preschool Development Grant Birth ($13)