Childcare receives $ 150,000 grant to help families in north central Wisconsin

MOSINEE, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Help is on its way for families who need help paying for child care in north central Wisconsin.

Childcare got another state grant to help even more people. 42 children will have access to quality and affordable childcare services thanks to the “Jumpstart grant” valued at $ 150,000.

“We’re excited to find another way to make child care more accessible,” said Parkside Preschool Center director Paula Koelsch-Burge.

Out of 115 total applicants in the state, Childcare is one of eight winners to receive $ 150,000 in funding to expand their Jumpstart Grants program.

“We know how successful this has been in Marathon County, so we are really excited to offer this program to families and child care programs,” said Micki Krueger, Assistant Director of Child Care. ‘children.

The grant comes from the Children and Families Department and the program’s funding helps up to 42 children access quality and affordable child care.

“This program can really offer a big help in paying up to 65% of those child care costs,” Krueger said.

To qualify, families must be below 300% of the federal poverty line, which means a family of four earns less than $ 79,500 per year.

Parents must also work, and children must participate in a Youngstar program rated with three or more stars, such as Parkside Preschool in Merrill.

“We really want to provide quality care and education for all families, regardless of their income level,” said Koelsch-Burge.

Koelsch-Burge knows many families who are struggling financially and she is delighted to hear about the grant since everyone deserves access to child care.

“Early childhood education targets the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the child and it builds this solid foundation for lifelong learning, so that’s very important,” Koelsch said. -Burge.

The grant is intended for families living in Lincoln, Langlade or Taylor counties and applications are now open.

Make sure you follow the link if you want to apply.

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