Business Child Care Advocates

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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.

Jared Hickey


Amelia Speight and Caroline Smith

Counties Served: Columbia, Dodge, Dane, Lafayette, Walworth, Sauk, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Grant, including Ho-Chunk Nation
Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) and

Madalyn Olson

Counties Served: La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford
The Parenting Place

Seth Abrahamson

Counties Served: Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, and Trempealeau, including the Ho-Chunk Nation
Child Care Partnership

Robin H. Mainhardt

Counties Served: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn, 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

Lori Shafranski

Counties Served: Adams, Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Taylor, Waushara, and Wood
Childcaring, Inc.

Eric Balza

Counties Served: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, and Winnebago, including Oneida Nation and Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee tribes
Child Care Resource & Referral

Sabrina Kranjac

Counties Served: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha
4C for Children

Patricia Woods-Clark

Counties Served: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha 
4C for Children