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Early Care and Education in Wisconsin: Challenges and Opportunities


April 2022 — Dr. Alejandra Ros Pilarz discusses the early care and education landscape in Wisconsin, how it has changed over the past 15 years, and the implications for children and families. She describes the current state of the early care and education workforce, as well as challenges and opportunities for supporting the workforce and strengthening the early care and education (ECE) systems in the state.

Webinar Recording

Presenter Slides

Early Care and Education in Wisconsin, PowerPoint

Additional Materials

Presentation Sources for Wisconsin*

*See sources at end of PowerPoint for full reference list.

About Our Presenter

Alejandra Ros Pilarz is an assistant professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pilarz’s research examines how parental employment and children’s early care and education experiences matter for child development and family wellbeing, and the role of public policies in supporting parents and their children’s development. She is one of the lead investigators on a UW-Madison research team that is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to study Wisconsin’s early care and education workforce and changes in the supply of early care and education in the state, as part of two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her other current research projects focus on mothers’ employment and child and family wellbeing and are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Russell Sage Foundation.

This webinar is co-sponsored by:

This webinar was made possible, in part, by a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in support of the Economic Development Administration University Center at the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

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