Wisconsin group voices need for increased state child care funding

This week, employers, economic development organizations, and other key leaders from across Wisconsin sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance in support of significant funding for child care in the state budget, according to a press release. 

Wisconsin faces $1.9 billion in annual lost economic productivity due to child care challenges, and employers experience staffing and productivity challenges when employees struggle to afford and find care for their children. 

The letter outlines the variety of ways child care challenges impact businesses, including: 

  • High turnover; 
  • Frequent absenteeism; 
  • Productivity decline; 
  • Recruitment challenges for high-need, highly skilled professionals; and 
  • Scheduling and shift changes, especially for those who work during nontraditional hours. 

The complete letter and a full listing of signers are available online.