Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school-age care settings. The T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program works to:

  • Make credit-based education more affordable
  • Improve teacher compensation
  • Retain teachers in early childhood settings by making work more rewarding

See if you are eligible and apply today!

The Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) is the newest program of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA). WEESSN is an innovative system that engages cross-sector partnerships to strengthen early care and education (ECE) programs within communities. Through a shared services hub (centralized infrastructure) and established localized shared services cohorts (family, group, and out-of-school time providers as well as community partner groups), programs can benefit from pooled resources and economies of scale.

According to Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director of WECA, “WEESSN increases financial health and quality programming for child care that allows for a greater and equitable access to high-quality, affordable programming that centers the well-being of children, families, and the child care workforce. During the current crisis, this program is more relevant than ever.”

This network is currently operational in Vernon, Monroe, Dane, and portions of Milwaukee Counties. With PDG funding, WECA will be expanding to seven additional rural counties: Jackson, Richland, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Green Counties. By sharing resources, knowledge, and expertise, child care programs can build capacity in their caregiving, improve outcomes for young children and families, and benefit the community at-large.

Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) has new Services - Join Today!

Save money, save time, and connect with colleagues! The Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) is expanding. Anyone can now join Tier 1 for FREE!

  • FREE Resources: Access to WISER website, which includes tools, templates, and resources to help you run your business wiser. Also provides discounted purchasing at Lakeshore Learning, Childcraft, Kaplan, and MORE! Use one platform to post jobs and view candidates from eight different employment sites including Indeed, LinkedIn, and Google for free!
  • Professional Development: Attend quarterly, virtual trainings to learn how to maximize the benefits of membership, at no cost to you.
  • Communication: Receive a monthly WEESSN Wrap-Up (#notyouraveragenewsletter). Additionally, gain access to recipes and resources to encourage healthy eating and creative nutrition programming through the WEESSN Farm-to-ECE monthly newsletter.

WECA is here to help! Learn more by checking out WECA’s website.

2020 PDG funds went toward providing:

  • Responsive and individualized strategic administrative and financial goal-setting and mentorship
  • Access to hardware and a child care management software system to streamline administrative practices
  • Access to back office supports like payroll, billing, receiving, record keeping and licensing paperwork compliance procedures
  • Responsive, high quality group professional learning during the year
  • Access to the Relief Squad, a shared substitute teacher pool
  • Discounted, joint purchasing
  • Opportunities for collaborative fundraising and advocacy
  • Farm to ECE supports

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