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Tuesday Talks with DECE Recordings

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2024 Recordings

January 16, 2024: Child Care Counts, 2024 Preview, and Wisconsin Registry

This Tuesday Talks very briefly gives an update on Child Care Counts as well as a look into 2024 activities for DCF’s Division of Early Care and Education. Following those updates, the Wisconsin Registry also gives an update on their programing and the upcoming changes to their  profile requirements.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), and Danielle Earley (Wisconsin Registry)

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2023 Recordings

January 17, 2023: Child Care Counts Program C: Promoting Inclusive Spaces

In this Tuesday Talks with DECE, you will learn more about Child Care Counts Program C - Promoting Inclusive Spaces, which will be part of the march Child Care Counts application. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear from IFF, a non-profit lender, real estate consultant with experience improving ECE facilities who want to make their space more inclusive. IFF will share ideas and best practices for making ECE facilities more inclusive.

Note: IFF is not involved with administration of Child Care Counts Program C. The IFF portion of the presentation is to share their ideas, expertise, and suggestions in creating inclusive spaces. Please continue contact the Child Care Counts Call Center with all questions related to Child Care Counts and Program C.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Lisa Williams (IFF), and Rick Raleigh (IFF)

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February 21, 2023: Funding Opportunities: Dream Up! and Child Care Counts Program C

In this Tuesday Talks with DECE, you will learn more about Child Care Counts Program C - Promoting Inclusive Spaces, which will be part of the March Child Care Counts application. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear about the Project Growth Dream Up! grant program, which opened applications for its third round of funding on February 20.

Speakers: Christian Albouras (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), and Andrea Cammilleri (DCF)

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March 21, 2023: Rule Revisions (DCF 250, 251, and 252) and Regulation 101

This Tuesday Talks with DECE begins with an overview of Regulation and then dives in deeper into the rule revisions (DCF 250, 251, and 252) that took effect in March.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Tina Feaster (DCF), and Amanda St. Martin (DCF)

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April 18, 2023: Child Care Counts Round 3

This Tuesday Talks very briefly reminds folks to apply for the open Partner Up! grant program, then goes into detail on the upcoming Round 3 of the Child Care Counts Stabilization Payment Program.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF) and Terra Klein (DCF)

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May 16, 2023: Child Care Counts Round 3 and YoungStar Updates

This Tuesday Talks very briefly reminds folks to apply for the open Partner Up! grant program, then goes into detail on the upcoming Round 3 of the Child Care Counts Stabilization Payment Program.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Terra Klein (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), and Jason Rahn (DCF)

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June 20, 2023: Brief Budget Update and YoungStar Connect

This Tuesday Talks very briefly reviews the Joint Finance Committee motion on the DCF budget and then dives into the new YoungStar Connect website and My YoungStar Connect platform.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Mark Andrews (DCF), Erin Gernetzke (YoungStar Connect), Amberlee Bosse (YoungStar Connect), and Sarah Talbot (YoungStar Connect)

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July 18, 2023: Child Care Counts, Background Checks, and Other Updates

This Tuesday Talks very briefly reviews the biennial budget and the participation deadline for Child Care Counts Round 3. Then it covers what you need to know about background checks and how to find information in the Provider Portal.

Speakers: Christian Albouras (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), and Samuel Wallace (DCF)

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August 15, 2023: Child Care Counts, Background Checks, and Other Updates

This Tuesday Talks very briefly gives an update on the August Payment Letter and what to expect for the remainder of the Child Care Counts Round 3 program. Following that update, the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association speaks about the REWARD program and how child care providers can apply for and receive this stipend.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Amy Schuster (WECA)

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September 19, 2023: Child Care Counts and Wisconsin Shares Updates

Speakers: Christian Albouras (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Junior Martin (DCF), Elizabeth Riley (DCF), and Laura Knott (DCF)

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October 17, 2023: Child Care Counts and the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program

This Tuesday Talks very briefly gives an update on Child Care Counts. Following that update, the Wisconsin Shares team addresses questions submitted in advance of the October Tuesday Talks session, including the new policy changes and common questions we receive about the program in general.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Junior Martin (DCF), Elizabeth Riley (DCF), and Laura Knott (DCF)

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November 21, 2023: Child Care Counts, YoungStar Quality Adjustment, and Early Childhood Health Consultation

This Tuesday Talks very briefly gives an update on Child Care Counts and the YoungStar Quality Adjustment. Following that update, the Early Childhood Health Consultation (ECHC) team discusses their program and how child care providers can utilize their services.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (ECHC), and Maria Morgen (ECHC)

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December 19, 2023: Child Care Counts and Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) Educator Assistance Program (EAP)

This Tuesday Talks very briefly gives an update on Child Care Counts. Following that update, the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) discusses their Educator Assistance Program (EAP) and how provider can benefit from its services.

Speakers: Daria Hall (DCF), Chelsey Thill (DCF), Kelly Matthews (WEESSN), and Tarnesha Miller (WEESSN)

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2022 Recordings

June 21, 2022: Child Care Counts

Learn the top five tips things to know about Child Care Counts, which include:

  1. CCC Impact
  2. Spending Down Payments
  3. Tracking Spending
  4. How to get the most out of CCC
  5. Resources (We're here for you!)

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Terra Klein, and Dan Eckhardt

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July 19, 2022: Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2

Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2 begins in August. In this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • Important Dates and Deadlines for Round 2
  • Expanded Allowable Expenses for Program B
  • Non-Standard Hours Add-on
  • Feedback Questions – How to Prepare
  • Next Audit Letters go out Late-July 

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Terra Klein, Rosalva Orozco, Disa Patel, and Hilary Shager (IRP)

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August 16, 2022: Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2 Continued

Listen in as we continue the discussion on Child Care Counts: Stabilization Payment Program Round 2. In this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • The basics of Child Care Counts
  • Application updates for Round 2
  • Feedback questions
  • Summer/fall changes
  • Child Care Counts Call Center reminders

Speakers: Terra Klein and Rosalva Orozco

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September 20, 2022: Children with Special Needs

Join us as we speak with DHS on the importance of collaboration when caring for children with special needs. In this webinar we talk about:

  • Inclusive Birth to 3 Child Care Pilot
  • Child Care Counts Add-on
  • Promoting inclusive spaces

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante, Elizabeth Mertens, and Lori Wittemann

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October 18, 2022: YoungStar Transition

Join us as we speak with Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) and Shine Early Learning regarding the YoungStar administration transition. In this  webinar we talk about:

  • Background and timeline
  • What’s changing and what’s not
  • Current work by SFTA
  • Meet Shine Early Learning
  • What to expect

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante (DCF), Mark Andrews (DCF), Matricia Patterson (SFTA), Ken Taylor (Shine Early Learning), and Charlie Geier (Shine Early Learning)

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November 15, 2022: Resources for Providers: WEESSN and Free Child Care Foundational Training

In this talk, we discuss WEESSN, the Educator Assistance Program (EAP), tax tools for child care providers, and DCF’s Free Child Care Foundational Trainings.

Speakers: Erin Arango-Escalante (DCF), Tina Feaster (DCF), Jenna Finley (DCF), Kelly Matthews (WEESSN), Paula Drew (WEESSN), Tarnesha Sanders (WEESSN), Gary Romano (Civitas)​

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December 20, 2022: YoungStar Services Transition Continued

Hear from DCF, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), and Shine Early Learning as they continue to discuss the YoungStar services transition from SFTA to Shine Early Learning.

Speakers: Priya Bhatia (DCF), Mark Andrews (DCF), Matricia Patterson (SFTA), Ken Taylor (Shine Early Learning), and Erin Gernetzke (Shine Early Learning)

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