Parent/Caregiver Equity Advisory Cabinet (PCEAC)

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Información en español

Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families is developing a Parent/Caregiver Equity Advisory Cabinet (PCEAC) to ensure that the state’s early childhood programs, policies and services address the daily challenges facing families with children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Members will meet quarterly to share their unique voices, lived experiences, and community reflections.

Listen to the Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Erin Arango-Escalante about early child care issues and forming a new equity advisory cabinet.

The Cabinet will be structured around three core strategies to influence state-level action: 

  • Connect
    • The PCEAC will bring together 10-12 parents/caregivers who understand and can represent the urgent needs of their community.  
  • Listen
    • Cabinet members will work with community organizations to host feedback sessions to listen, share information and gather feedback on state policy.
  • Inform
    • Cabinet members will represent their community’s concerns, pose questions, and share information with DCF to inform state policy and priorities.
  • Act
    • DCF will prioritize discussion, actions and decisions that directly address questions, concerns, and challenges raised by members of the Cabinet.

The PCEAC will be led by the Department of Children and Families, and will be co-chaired by members of the Cabinet, with support from advocacy organizations. The Cabinet’s first meeting will be held in early 2022. Participants will receive stipends, training, and communications support to help in the facilitation of meaningful community conversations.