The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce provides this childcare resource* in an attempt to serve those whose childcare options have been impacted by measures mandated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This resource is intended to serve as the connecting piece between businesses of all types and those who can provide childcare.
Businesses who have employees in need of childcare should refer them to the contacts listed below.
Please contact Brian Otten if you have questions about this resource.
To meet the childcare need in the state, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) are collaborating with The Registry Inc., Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), and the Wisconsin Hospitals Association to ensure that the child care and school-age needs of Wisconsin's essential personnel are met during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NTC to host Babysitting 101 class online:
A Babysitting 101 course at Northcentral Technical College will prepare students to be safe, effective, and responsible baby sitters. By introducing babysitting skills for maintaining safety and health, handling emergencies, and understanding child development and caregiving techniques, this course will help learners be more capable and prepared for taking care of children. This course is taught by Rachael Loucks, certified NTC Early Childhood Education faculty and is recommended for ages 13 and older. The cost is $39. For more information, visit NTC.edu.
Wausau Child Care offers Kids Campus:
Wausau Child Care is offering an all day program for school age children (Kindergarten to fifth grade), supporting virtual learning. The Kids Campus program will provide a variety of enriching activities and academic support in virtual learning. Space in this program is limited. For more information, including fee information, visit WausauChildCareInc.com or call 715-848-1436.
YMCA offers child care for school-aged children:
The Woodson YMCA is offering a school-age option at their Camp Sturtevant this fall. Children between 5 and 12 may be enrolled either full-time or part-time (three days a week) between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Scholarships are available and state assistance is accepted. For more information, visit WoodsonYMCA.com.
Raise Great Kids:
The Marathon County Early Years Coalition offers a website built especially for parents and those who care for and about young children. Helping children grow and learn really does take a community. Raise Great Kids has pulled together great resources online – experts, advice, tips and ideas from others about the issues that matter most to you as you and your child move through these early years.
Connecting Essential Workforce Families to Child Care
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map.
Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Child care centers across the state are staying open to support essential workforce families. Individuals and organizations should consult the DCF map to identify available child care in their area. Essential workforce employees can connect directly with the child care center. Employers can also direct their essential workforce employees to DCF’s Child Care Finder request form to submit their request for child care in their area.
DCF is working with health care providers, child care centers, community organizations like YMCAs, schools, and other partners to open emergency child care centers for essential workforce families. New centers will be opened as demand for child care increases. DCF has provided guidance and resources for organizations interested in opening child care centers.
To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, DCF has developed a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Childcaring: Central Wisconsin Early Education Resources
Kelly Borchardt, Executive Director
Wausau Child Care
Jennifer Kowalski, Executive Director
Woodson YMCA and Aspirus YMCA
Sally Glennon, VP of Child Care/Camp Services