Leaders of Madison College and United Way of Dane County say employers in Wisconsin have a role to play in addressing the state’s child care challenges.

Speaking during a recent webinar hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Dane County Vice President of Community Impact Jody Bartnick discussed ways that businesses can help support local child care without needing to launch their own program.

“They can subsidize buildings, they can subsidize rent … I’ve heard examples of subsidizing heat for child care programs,” she said. “So there’s lots of really creative ways that businesses can step in, and communities can step in, and help offset those costs. Because there’s a tremendous amount of operational costs that goes into running child care programs.”

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