Childcare & Early Education Summit held at Western Technical College in La Crosse

Business leaders and government officials meet to discuss solutions to the lack of affordable childcare

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) —Representatives from the Wisconsin government and employers gathered in La Crosse for a summit on early childhood care and education.

Competitive Wisconsin Inc. hosted the summit to address issues and improve the state’s workforce.

The group is thinking of ways to ease Wisconsin’s child care crisis.

Organizers say the shortage of daycare is preventing parents from re-entering the workforce.

“This is a crisis of major proportions,” said Mark O’Connell, president and CEO of the Association of Wisconsin Counties. “We have people who cannot enter the labor market due to the lack of childcare available or the lack of affordable childcare.

Summit leaders also discuss how American Rescue Plan Act funding can be invested by local governments in sustainable child care solutions.

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