Business Child Care Advocates

Business Child Care Advocates (BCCAs) conduct outreach to businesses for Project Growth, mainly about the Partner Up! program; connect businesses and regulated child care providers; and provide technical assistance to businesses and providers participating in Partner Up!

Activities of BCCAs include, but are not limited to:

  • Being the main point of contact for all Partner Up! grant awardees
  • Checking in with Partner Up! grant awardees and their child care provider partners
  • Acting as a resource to Dream Up! Communities and participating on Dream Up! core teams as invited
  • Building relationships between businesses and local child care providers within their communities
  • Holding orientations and other outreach events related to sustaining child care in communities
  • Participating in applicable community workgroups around child care
  • Recommending other opportunities, including future rounds of Dream Up! to interested community members
  • Connecting businesses and child care providers to other early childhood resources and programs in Wisconsin
  • Collaborating with other BCCAs on processes and best practices

BCCAs can be found at your local CCR&R. Learn more about each BCCA below.

Michelle Moore

Region 1 (Columbia, Dodge, Dane, Lafayette, Walworth, Sauk, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Grant counties, including Ho-Chunk Nation)
Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C)
partnerup@4-c.org

Jared Hickey

Region 2 (La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford counties)
The Parenting Place
jaredhickey@theparentingplace.net

Laura Lash

Region 3 (Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, and Trempealeau counties, including the Ho-Chunk Nation)
Child Care Partnership
laura.lash@wdeoc.org

Robin H. Mainhardt

Region 4 (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn counites, including the tribal communities of Bad River, Forest County Potawatomi, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, Sokaogon, and St. Croix)
Northwest Connection Family Resources
robin.mainhardt@ncfrwi.net

Bob Pekol

Region 5 (Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano counties, including Oneida Nation and Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee tribes)
Family and Childcare Resources of N.E.W.
bob@fcrnew.org

Sarah M. Agena

Region 6 (Adams, Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Taylor, Waushara, and Wood counties)
Childcaring, Inc.
sarah@childcaring.org

Mallory Hackel

Region 7 (Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Fond du Lac counties)
Family Connections, Inc.
malloryh@familyconnectionscc.org

Judy Olson

Region 7 (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Waupaca and Winnebago)
Child Care Resource & Referral
register@ccrrfoxvalley.org

Carolyn Dame

Region 8 (Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, and Ozaukee counties)
4C for Children
cdame@4c-forchildren.org