Child Care Initiatives

Child Care in the Chippewa Valley

United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley has received a Dream Up! grant from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and Project Growth in 2023. Through a collaborative community approach, teams of community stakeholders are working to evaluate, plan, sustain and expand existing child care, and support new child care programs. We know there is a child care crisis in our area impacting working families, employers, and others, especially in our rural communities. These local groups are bringing the communities together to find realistic, long-term solutions.


Upcoming Local Events

Chippewa Valley Village - Child Care Provider Meetup

2nd Tuesday of every month


29 Pines Family Restaurant & Lounge - Pines Room (map)

Connect with other providers and be a resource for those interested in becoming a licensed child care provider.

Connecting with other child care providers is a valuable way to learn and gain support. By forming connections with peers, child care providers can share experiences, exchange ideas, and access a wealth of knowledge and resources. Together, we can exchange advice, strategies, and best practices, ultimately enhancing the quality of care we provide to our littles!

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Supported by the DreamUp! grant and these organizations:

United Way, Dream Up Grant Partners

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The success of these initiatives depends on our ability to communicate with people who are interested in helping find
solutions, connecting people to resources or providing feedback to inform future decisions and programs.

We can't solve these important community challenges without your help!

After all...It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. YOU are the Village!

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Community support for Chippewa Valley child care

The Challenge for Working Families

  • Child care for a 4-year-old costs an average of $850/month.
  • Infant care in Wisconsin costs an average of $1,047/month. – That’s nearly 50% more than in-state tuition at a four-year public college and more than 20% more than average rent.
  • 54% of Wisconsin residents live in a child care desert where 3+ children compete for every slot

Child Care Educators Need Support, Too

  • 1 in 5 Wisconsin child care educators worry their food will run out before they have money to get more
  • 3 in 4 Wisconsin child care educators say it is somewhat or extremely difficult to live on their household income
  • 48% of early child care programs lack health insurance benefits
  • 52% of early child care workers report access to paid sick leave


Chippewa Valley Families

More Resources

Chippewa Valley Child Care Provider Network

This is a group of current child care providers, as well as those who are interested in exploring becoming a child care provider.


Child Care Partnership

Child Care Partnership is a program of the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency with the goal of increasing access to consistent, affordable, and quality child care services.


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

The vision of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is that all children have access to high-quality early care and education. Their mission is to support low-income working families by sharing the cost of child care and promoting the social well-being of all children and families through safe, high-quality early education experiences.