MADISON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Childcare Counts Program in Wisconsin is at risk of running out of funds if no action is taken. Governor Evers met with staff at the Beautiful Minds Child Care Center in Eau Claire. While there, he spoke with employees about their service, the need for child care in the state and how childcare counts affected them.
The Director of Beautiful Minds says the loss of childcare counts has already affected them. Director of Beautiful Minds, Tonya Van Doli, says, “We actually had to raise our rates $40 a week in July? As of July 1st, by the end of the year, we’re looking to potentially have to raise more. Obviously, we’re hoping these funds go through that we shall have to make such a drastic change for parents.”
Last week. Governor Evers called a special session addressing the childcare issue. That special session still remains open. We reached out to state senator Jesse James who responded saying: “We can’t keep pouring millions and millions into this sphere knowing that it won’t actually fix the root issues, such as inflation, high cost-of-living, and industry regulation.”