WI cabinet member talks about expanding child care options with state money

SUPERIOR, Wis. The City of Superior hosted a member of the Wisconsin State Cabinet to speak about paving the way for more affordable child care.

Ministry of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson met with city leaders to talk about a recent grant Superior received from a program called “Project Growth.”

The conversation between the city and the state is about the needs and the best partners in the community to help alleviate some of the issues.

Amundson said not only was childcare unaffordable for many parents, there was also a shortage of quality daycare.

She says she believes using state taxpayer dollars to get more people into the child care field and help open up more spaces could help ease some of the barriers.

“Frankly, we need more people to raise their hands and say, ‘I want to do this job,’ but to get them to raise their hands, we need to raise the rate of pay for child care staff,” said Amundson. “We need to make sure they have family benefits that will keep them in this profession. And so I think the only thing we can do, whether it’s Wisconsin or Minnesota, is really look at ways to fund at the state level to help subsidize child care for all families.

We’ve contacted the City of Superior to find out how much the “Project Growth” grant is worth and when it was awarded, but haven’t heard back yet.

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