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Office of Child Care and Family Resources co-sponsoring 'Wisconsin Strong!'

April 11, 2018

UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources is co-sponsoring a “Wisconsin Strong!” event during the national Week of the Young Child.

This event, which includes collaborators with the Greater Dane County Early Childhood Director’s Caucus, the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Beyond Dane and Madison Public Library, is aimed at exploring family friendly workplace policies and relationship building across the business and early care and education sectors.

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on the third floor of Madison’s Central Library.

The audience will hear from Mark Tyler, CEO of OEM Fabrications, Ann Stern, vice president of Tri-North Builders, and Ruth Schmidt from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association about the benefits of quality early care and education to the Wisconsin workforce. The event will culminate with a visit from our youngest Wisconsinites as they share their own visions of the future. Additionally, a Future Dreams art display will occur in the Madison Room on the third floor of Central Library to highlight three distinct voices about what the future could hold for children, parents and educators. Full event details can be found online here.

“The most important investment we can make is growing our children to be healthy, curious, and successful,” said OEM President Mark Tyler. “There is a big financial return, and the emotional return is even better!”

For parents, it can be a real struggle to find affordable, dependable care for their children- when they have the support of their employer with this and other family specific matters, a strong sense of loyalty is created. Employees of family friendly businesses show greater productivity during the day and take less time off annually (Business News Daily, 2016). Quality early care and education gives parents peace of mind and improves children’s behavioral, cognitive, and health outcomes, creating a stronger, more skilled and compassionate future Wisconsin workforce.

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources is administratively housed within the School of Education. It promotes the academic and professional goals of the University of Wisconsin community through the administration of early education and family support services.

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