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Reference Links

Helpful information, data, and talking points

The Heckman Equation 

James J. Heckman is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics and an expert in the economics of human development.  His website provides a wealth of data on the economic returns of early childhood investment, as well as resources in easy to share formats.

The Center for the Study of Childcare Employment

The CSCCE conducts research and policy analysis about the characteristics of those who care for and educate young children and examines policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards these early educators to ensure young children’s optimal development.  They publish a nationwide biennial workforce index regarding the state of early childhood education, and helpful information is broken down by state.

Rural Voices for Prosperity

Published in December 2020, this report was provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Council and includes recommendations for investment in early childhood education

NAEYC COVID Crisis Report

Published in December 2020, data from a nationwide survey of providers shows the devastating impact of the pandemic on the ECE industry.

Power to the Profession

Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood education profession, birth through age 8, across states and settings, by establishing a framework for career pathways, preparation, competencies, responsibilities, and compensation. The Unifying Framework is the result of this multi-year, profession-led effort. It is based on the recommendations from the series of eight Power to the Profession Decision Cycles; references the full Decision Cycle documents as sources; and demonstrates how they all come together to advance a unified, diverse, equitable, and effective early childhood education profession.

Center for Community & Economic Development

Published by UW-Extension in November 2020, the report detaisl the importance of sustainable childcare for retaining women in Wisconsin's workforce.

Bipartisan Policy Center

Building Bipartisan Support For Childcare

Published in 2019, a useful toolkit with advice on how to gain support for sustainable investment in childcare, regardless of party affiliation.

Wisconsin State Legislature

How a Bill Becomes a Law

An indepth guide to the legislative process in Wisconsin.  Crucial for those wishing to propose new legislation!

Banks Street College of Education

Equitable Compensation for the Child Care Workforce: Within
Reach and Worth the Investment

Published in October 2020, this report makes the care for better compensation for the early childhood workforce, as well as methods to achieve this goal.

Wisconsin Childcare Administrators Association

The mission of WCAA is to support Child Care Administrators in providing quality programming for Wisconsin’s families. WCCAA is active at local, regional, state, and national levels. The association is represented on many advisory committees and boards and provides quality training by hosting a statewide conference each year.

Girls Talking


Easy to adapt messages for parents, legislators, businesses and more!

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Contact Your Legislator 

Past Trainings

Slides and Other Resources

Starting At Zero

Post Screening Discussion

Child Care Counts Resources

Provided by WECA