Due to work that BOF convened in late 2021 around the child care workforce, we are excited to share that the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) will be expanding to Kenosha and Racine Counties.
A program of Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), WEESSN connects family child care providers and center-based child care programs together to benefit from shared resources, staff, and expertise. WEESSN offers a tiered level of services from simple information sharing in Tier 1 to deep collaboration in Tier 3. Any child care provider in Wisconsin is eligible to join Tiers 1 and 2, and WEESSN is excited to announce that Tier 3 services will soon be available in Kenosha and Racine Counties. Tier 3 services will be available to 40 child care programs in the region.
Please join the WEESSN team for an information session on May 4th that will contain a presentation on the history of WEESSN and how WEESSN can support family and group child care providers through pooling shared staffing, resources, knowledge, and expertise. You will hear stories of how WEESSN has positively impacted programs across the other 16 counties in Wisconsin already served at Tier 3. Think of WEESSN as an extra team member dedicated to helping providers improve programming, decrease costs, and save time. Their #1 goal is to make providers' professional lives less stressful.
There are two options for attending. There is no need to attend both sessions because the same content will be shared. Please register in advance here:
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Did you know that over 4,000 children under age 5 in Kenosha County may not have access to child care? That parents in Kenosha County pay on average 2.8 times the recommended national guidelines towards infant care costs? That only 7% of child care in Kenosha County is rated as 5-star, compared to 13% at the state level?
Learn more in our new Early Childhood & Education in Kenosha County handout! We encourage you to leverage this material in your advocacy and systems change efforts related to early care & education.
Building Our Future's Smart Beginnings Network recently came together to define what "Kindergarten Readiness" looks like for the Kenosha County community. This definition has woven its way into a beautiful handout and a cute animated video for parents and caregivers. We are excited to share the video below! For more information on Kindergarten Readiness, how it's defined, and how it's measured, please visit our Smart Beginnings dashboard.
You might be surprised to learn that being ready for kindergarten doesn't mean teaching your child math and reading. Rather, your child is ready for kindergarten when they have developed a love of learning and are curious to learn new things. Helping your child prepare for kindergarten will help them have a more positive and successful experience in school. In this video, explore how you can help your child succeed in kindergarten - and beyond!
Quizás le sorprenda saber que estar preparado(a) para el jardín de niños no significa enseñar a su hijo(a) matemáticas y lectura. Más bien, su hijo(a) estará listo(a) para el jardín de niños cuando haya desarrollado un amor por el aprendizaje y muestre curiosidad por aprender cosas nuevas. Ayudar a su niño(a) a prepararse para el jardín de niños le ayudará a tener una experiencia más positiva y exitosa en la escuela.