Childcare is an essential part to most families lives. Without it, many families wouldn't be able to work. Quality childcare, with passionate, dedicated and educated teachers, is not only difficult to find but also financially difficult to maintain. Paying staff a living wage, without increasing the tuition of families to unreasonable fees, is a balance we all struggle with.
Through COVID to present date, childcare centers have been able to apply for a grant through the state to subsidize their childcare centers to remain open. We receive the grant monthly, and with that grant we have been able to increase our overall wages to retain staff, reduce personal burnout, and support staff while they continue to support our families. These funds were supposed to last through January of 2024 with hopes (and a push by professionals in the field) to include such funding in the states biennial state budget for more permanent measures after January 2024.
However, on April 24th childcare centers received information that the state would be reducing the grant amount by 50% from June 2023 to January 2024. This will have an impact on not only our staff, but childcare centers state wide and in turn will have an impact on care that we can provide.
We are a "family run business"...and by that we mean OUR families run the business, we are here to service you...and your voices need to be heard. Yesterday, May 8th, was "A Day Without Childcare" where many organizations closed as a way to be heard. Below is a link to our facebook page where you can find the press conference from May 8th where many childcare organizations and parents spoke out from the local areas of Racine and Kenosha.
I know many of our families plates are full, but if you have the time, reach out to our local state representatives and let your voice be heard how important quality childcare is to you and your family. Ask Michelle for a list of those representatives.
Again, we appreciate each and everyone of our families, and we are here to serve you, and to help your child grow. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.