LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is calling for a Special Session on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing childcare crisis and funding for a program called Child Care Counts.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Child Care Counts program helps financially support childcare providers in Wisconsin.
Some officials say without the program, these providers will have to raise prices for daycare services. In turn, parents will be forced to drop out of the workforce to stay home with their children.
State Senator Brad Pfaff (D-32nd Dist.) says something has to change.
“The childcare system we have in this state does not work,” Sen. Pfaff said. “The economics does not work. It’s too expensive for many working families but yet at the same time the margins are so thin for our childcare providers.”
Sen. Pfaff says Gov. Evers is asking for $340 million in the state budget to go toward the Child Care Counts program. He said he hopes the state legislature will not just gavel in and out on Wednesday.
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