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Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Inc

A voice for bold change for Wisconsin's child care workforce.

Fitchburg, WI   |  wisconsinearlychildhood.org

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Mission

WECA, the state affiliate of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), serves and engages the early childhood workforce and supports early care and education in Wisconsin. We envision a Wisconsin where early care and education is viewed as a public good worthy of long=term, sweeping, and sustained public funding that supports a well-compensated early childhood workforce and affordable, accessible child care for all families with young children.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association has long been a steadfast advocate for early childhood professionals and strong early care and education in Wisconsin. Rooted in key programs, advocacy, professional development opportunities and research, WECA is a champion for transformational change in child care through support of early childhood educators, young children, families and our communities.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ruth Schmidt

Main address

2908 Marketplace Dr Ste 101

Fitchburg, WI 53719 USA

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EIN

39-1345572

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® WISCONSIN

Provides scholarship opportunities for early childhood educators to pursue higher education.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics

Provides supplemental financial stipends to early childhood educators to increase compensation and retention in the traditionally undercompensated early childhood field and increase the quality of child care provided in Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served

Supports Wisconsin regulated child care programs with FREE shared resources to help them save time, increase revenues, and make their jobs less stressful.

Population(s) Served

Assists regulated family child care providers in serving nutritionally balanced meals and snacks to children as the only food program in Wisconsin to serve providers, children and families in all 72 counties and Tribal nations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Harrison

Wisconsin Primary Health Care

Term: 2020 - 2023

Tashawna Green

Train Up a Child Learning Center LLC

Renuka Mayadev

Wisconsin Partnership Program, UW School of Medicine & Public Health

Rick Perrin

B2B CFO

Latisha Spence-Brookens

Moraine Park Technical College

Patricia Wooldridge

Mariposa Learning Center

Toshiba Adams, Ph.D.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Tim Bartholow

Timothy L. Bartholow, LLC

Sarah Barton

Acelero Learning, Inc.

Kristin Blanchard Stearns

Lakeshore Community Health Care

Yimma Davila Castro

Yimma's Bright Beginnings Daycare LLC

Tanya Marcoe

ADVOCAP, Inc.

Deanne Patten

Firehouse Friends Childcare Center

Precious Woodley, M.Ed

The Goddard School

Alex Ysquierdo

Wisconsin Department of Administration

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/17/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.