Dodge County Child Care Shortage Addressed By Employers, Caregivers And Government Officials | Regional news

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“We have since tried to find solutions to seek funding through various grant programs to resolve the known issues,” Schlieve said. “To strengthen our demands for state and federal grants, we need to quantify the needs in our counties.”

The need is generalized

During the process of working on this issue, a number of challenges facing daycare centers were discussed, including the cost of building a facility, industry regulations and staff, Schlieve said.

“When we started talking with our neighboring communities, we realized that we were all facing the same crisis,” said SChlieve.

Schlieve said they were working with the UW Oshkosh Research Center and large employers to survey their workforce to quantify child care needs / challenges. Another goal is to compare services in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties with others in the state that are more advanced on the issue, including Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The state of Wisconsin is also actively trying to resolve the issue.

“Child care providers absolutely have to be part of the solution in every community,” Schlieve said. “If anything, I hope that will mean more support for the work they do – at least that’s my hope.”

Schlieve said the goal must be to expand the capacity of child care centers across the region to help people return to the workforce.

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