Volume 38, Issue 3          FALL 2019

President's Letter
          It's that time again to start our new year for the Wisconsin Family Child Care Association's board meetings. We have some new board members that are joining us this year, along with many seasoned ones. This is an exciting time for the board to hear new outlooks and suggestions from the new people joining us which always tends to inspire the rest of us. Did you know that as a member of WFCCA, you are also welcomed to join our meetings? Our meeting locations, dates and times are all listed on our website, . Please consider joining us...and bring a friend!
        What exciting things are you doing in your childcare? Are you revisiting things that you've done for years and making changes that could now work better for you?   I am personally working on implementing a new menu system and improving my budget. It's all about numbers for me.... may not be the most enjoyable part of my job, but definitely could use some updating.
        The board has already been busy with preparing several mini conferences and had one board meeting completed. We had a guest visitor, Mandy Reeve from the Department of Children and Families, along with the rest of the agenda. WFCCA feels that it is important to connect to the Wisconsin Partnerships to give input that will support improvement and change in the Early Childhood Field. If you as a provider have something that you would like to see change, feel free to email us at Let's connect.
       Speaking of Advocacy efforts, I have been working with SCAN (Save the Children Action Network) out of Washington DC on a larger scale to request that the Presidential Candidates discuss the important issues of the childcare deserts and funding early childhood programs that support families and child care businesses. We will have postcards to fill out at the Oct. 5th mini conference if you are interested in helping in this cause as well.
       I hope to see you in the near future. Enjoy this great fall weather and the beautiful colors of the outdoors. Thank you for being a member of WFCCA!

Leah Zastoupil, WFCCA President
Conference News
Start planning now to attend our 39th Annual Conference, to be held at the Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells April 30-May 2. We are excited to have Lisa Murphy, aka the Ooey Gooey Lady, as our Keynote Speaker on Saturday. Please check out the flyer in this newsletter, as well as our website   for more informations and updates on the 2020 Conference.
Is the Provider Year application too hard to read?  Click here to read the original, print and fill out!
Looking for books that are about our profession? Here are some suggested books from Early Childhood Professionals:
  • It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids & It's OK to go UP the Slideby Heather Shumaker
  • There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Ã…keson McGurk
  • The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places by Gary Paul Nabhan and
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Lifeby Peter Gray
  • Families and Educators Together: Building Great Relationships that Support Young Children by Derry Koralek, Karen Nemeth, Kelly Ramsey
  • No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury
  • Teacher Tom's First Book by Tom Hobson
  • Really seeing Children by Deb Curtis
  • Adventurous Play by Niki Buchan
  • Lisa Murphey on PLAY - The Foundation of Children's Learning by Lisa Murphey
  • Let Them Play and Let's Play by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger

Wishing to come to attend our Conference and don't have the funds to attend?  Apply for a scholarship!
WEESSN, the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network, launched in Vernon and Monroe Counties in January of 2019. We're excited to share that we've launched a cohort in Dane County and are working with child care programs in Milwaukee to be ready for more Shared Services work there too!
What is Shared Services?
Shared Services Networks connect: small, large, for and non-profit group and family child care and out-of-school time programs together and allow them to capitalize on economies of scale and expertise.
Allowing programs to be BIG where being BIG is important (purchasing and resources) and staying small where small is everything (meeting the needs of children and families where they are at).
Through this collaboration, programs can increase revenues and reduce administrative burdens so that time and money can be reinvested into staff and quality.
The core activities of WEESSN include:
  • Streamlined bookkeeping and paperwork with a cloud-based technology system called ProCare which allows parents to enroll in programs and pay online while programs can easily track and report on things like child immunizations, child-to-adult ratios and staffing patterns
  • Facilitated bulk buying of goods like food, paper and classroom materials and services like janitorial and tax prep with help from the Child Care Purchasing Alliance.
  • Access to Relief Squad: a shared, floating substitute pool for child care providers. Relief Squad educators have their background check and training taken care of through WEESSN.
  • Tailored business supports to increase revenue using the Iron Triangle Formula, which helps programs collect every dollar owed and strategize ways to address gaps in funding.
  • Access to the Wisconsin Shared Education Resource Platform (WISER), an online clearinghouse of best practice information, downloadable templates and an easy and free to use online hiring system.
If you are interested in learning more about WEESSN or WISER, please email us at

Submitted by: Kelly Matthews, Shared Services Coordinator, WECA
Want to become a member of WFCCA and save money on Mini Conference and Conference Fees?  Join now!!  
Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today announced he is directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take additional efforts to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, in drinking, ground and surface waters.
"I am committed to protecting our state's natural resources and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water," said Gov. Evers. "In the Year of Clean Drinking Water, I'm proud that my cabinet is working with communities, citizens, and businesses to address PFAS contamination across our state."
PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays, and certain types of firefighting foam.
These legacy contaminants have made their way into the environment through accidental spills of PFAS-containing materials, discharges of PFAS-containing wastewater to treatment plants, and certain types of firefighting foams.
As part of the announcement, Gov. Evers directed the DNR to pursue rulemaking using science-based recommendations from the Department of Health Services (DHS). Today's announcement is the first step in the process for DNR amending the following administrative codes to create enforceable standards to protect public health:
  • NR 105 surface water quality standards to reduce PFAS contamination in the state's surface waters by establishing discharge limitations for certain PFAS substances.
  • NR 140 to set groundwater quality standards to reduce PFAS contamination in the state's primary source of drinking water, the state's groundwater.
  • NR 809 safe drinking water standards for public water supplies to reduce certain PFAS substances in drinking water.
Gov. Evers also directed DHS to work closely with DNR by continuing to develop the standards needed to address PFAS contamination. Members of the public and interested parties will have opportunities to provide input throughout this process. 
"We cannot live without clean drinking water. It is too important for the human existence," said DNR Secretary-designee Preston Cole. "We are fortunate to be working with DHS and will be in collaboration with them for this most important crisis. There is no substitute for clean drinking water."

From: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • DNR will discuss progress on the administrative rules announced in Gov. Evers news release at future Drinking Water and Groundwater Study Group meetings
  • There will be technical advisory groups specifically for the administrative rules process
  • Additional information on PFAS can be found on the DNR website

Executive Directors and Operational Chairpersons
President: Leah Zastoupil,
Vice-President: Emily Hefko,
Secretary: Janell Moran,
Treasurer: Sarah Fleming,
Past President: Celeste Swoboda,
Region Rep Coordinator: Diane Eisen,
Conference Coordinator: Tara Ebben,
Website Administrator: Amy Nogar,
Member Communications: Sarah Torres,
Marketing Coordinator: Holly Hale,