Early Care and Education

Our Goal

Increased access to quality, affordable ECE for Black and Brown Families.


ECE COALITION

In the wake of COVID-19, Milwaukee Succeeds supported the creation of seven Civic Response Teams to convene partners in county-wide relief work. The ECE Civic Response Team has grown into a dedicated Coalition comprised of diverse leaders from across Milwaukee’s early childhood community—including family and group providers as well as non-profit, philanthropy, state and local government representatives. This team is working together to identify and collectively respond to pressing needs in the sector.


STABILIZATION

Accomplishments to Date

  • Secured and distributed $1.2 million in ECE stabilization grants
  • Informed Child Care Counts which brough $33 million in CARES Act funds to Milwaukee
  • Secured and distributed in-demand supplies
  • Provided training on caregiver capacity and trauma-informed early care
  • With other advocates, ensured child staff were prioritized in vaccine eligibility group 1B

Current Priorities

  • Continued support to stay open and serve kids
  • Expanded mental health support
  • Vaccine uptake

Measures of Success

  • Programs remain open and serving children and families
  • Educators have access to needed supports for physical and mental health


ADVOCACY

Accomplishments to Date

  • Advocacy to federal delegation for ECE investment in COVID relief - $148 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSAA) and and $580 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
  • Advocacy to state legislature re: use of CRSSA funds – plan approved, and funds will begin flowing this month
  • Advocacy to Governor to include ECE access, quality, affordability, and workforce in state budget proposal - $106 million in new state funding proposed

Current Priorities

  • Secure ECE investment in state budget
  • Inform the state’s use of federal ARP dollars

Measures of Success

  • Advocacy with one voice
  • Amount of federal and state investment in ECE
  • Targeting of investment to access, quality, affordability, and workforce in Milwaukee


SYSTEMS CHANGE

Accomplishments to Date

  • Selected for technical assistance and support from Maycomb Capital and StriveTogether to develop an outcomes-financing project to improve program quality through national accreditation
  • Developed bold recommendations for the City’s use of ARP funds

Current Priorities

  • Launch accreditation pilot
  • Secure allocation of City ARP funds

Measures of Success

  • Increase in quality slots for Black and Brown children
  • Increase in ECE educator pipelines, recruitment, and retention

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