Rebuilding Wisconsin’s Child Care Infrastructure

Stable access to high-quality early care and education is essential for children and families, promoting healthy child development and making it easier for parents to work. However, for many years early care and education systems across the country have been contending with high rates of turnover and loss of providers. In Wisconsin, licensed family child care capacity has declined 51% since 2005, and 50% of center-based child care teachers plan to leave the field within the next five years. The loss of providers makes it difficult for parents to find care when they need it, and high rates of turnover undermine the benefits of high-quality care for children.

The seminar speakers discussed emerging data on child care access and availability in Wisconsin and the effects high teacher turnover rates have on children. They presented possible policy solutions to stabilize and grow the early care and education workforce in Wisconsin, such as supplemental income programs and comprehensive post-secondary education supports.


Early Care and Education in Wisconsin

by Alejandra Ros Pilarz, PHD
Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Powerpoint (pdf) Video (YouTube)

Consequences of Teacher Turnover in Early Care and Education

by Anna Markowitz, PHD
Assistant Professor of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Powerpoint (pdf) Video (YouTube)

Exploring Evidence-Based Ways to Support the Early Care and Education Workforce

by JoAnn Hsueh, PHD
Director of Family Well-Being and Children’s Early Development Policy Team, MDRC

Powerpoint (pdf) Video (YouTube)

Additional Materials

Issue Briefs

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Memo: Child Care in Wisconsin

Recent Legislation and Programming from Other States


A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Expanding Access to Child Care in La Crosse County, Wisconsin