Volume 37, Issue 4            WINTER 2018

President's Letter
         As we come to the last holiday season of this year, I can't help but reflect on all of the blessings around me. The Wisconsin Family Child Care Board of Directors have been wonderful people to work with and truly care about one another. It's amazing to see them work so diligently on making events go so smoothly and have the best intentions when trying to do what is best for the child care professionals around our state.  My family is the best! I'm sure that everyone says that...but, with every stage of raising kids, it comes with its own blessings, adjustments and challenges. Both of my kids are at the last stage of being raised by my husband and myself and I could not be prouder of who they've become. And, now that it is starting to shift from raising kids back to dating my husband, that has its blessing of discovering new and fun adventures together again. As for my business, I have great families to work with and great kids to share my days with. I hope each of you can reflect on this year and find the good in what it has blessed you with as well!
                In 2019, the WFCCA Board Members have some great things in store for you. I hope that you can join in one or all of our events in order to rejuvenate yourself, find peer support, and learn something new along the way. I want to encourage you to think about the important jobs that we all do with young children, and know that the board is eager to support in any advocacy issues that you may have. Every region is different, and have your own issues, so please let us help. We also have some great programs offered around the state to help grow you as a professional, so if you have any questions about any of them, feel free to ask. Our board has YEARS of experience, so if one doesn't know, we can all reach out to one another that may know the answer that you are looking for.
               Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season! I look forward to seeing you soon in 2019.

                              Leah Zastoupil, WFCCA President
Executive Directors and Operational Chairpersons
President: Leah Zastoupil,
Vice-President: Sarah Fleming,
Secretary: Janell Moran,
Treasurer: Tami Van Gruensven,
Past President: Celeste Swoboda,
Region Rep Coordinator: Diane Eisen,
Conference Chair: Tara Ebben,
Website Administrator: Amy Nogar,
Member Communications: Sarah Torres,
Marketing: Tammy Dannhoff,
Conference News

We have been working hard to bring the trainings that child care providers in Wisconsin are looking for to our conference. We are excited for our 2019 Keynotes including Dan Hodgins and Richard Cohen. We are very excited to be bringing the Nature Explore required training for your Certified Outdoor Classroom to the 2019 Conference for our Pre Conference Day. This is the very first time this training has been offered in the State of Wisconsin.

We have mini conferences planned in February in Milwaukee, Madison, and Kimberly. Please watch for emails with more information.

Looking ahead for our 2020 conference, we have booked Lisa Murphy, aka The Ooey Gooey Lady as our Saturday Keynote.

Please watch for emails or check out our website at for more conference information.

Milwaukee Mini Conference 
   The WFCCA Milwaukee Mini-Conference will be Saturday February 16, 2019.  
   Region 8 is hosting an exclusive event for family child providers.  We will provide providers in the state of Wisconsin to connect, synchronize amongst one another and flourish together. The WFCCA mini-conference provides a continuity of unity in which family providers and others in the field of early childhood have met and became life-long friends. Come re-vitalize and refocus your path of education towards high quality learning!  
   Look for registration to be sent out separately in                                                the next few weeks. 
Save the date - Satellite is partnering with Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Wisconsin Family Child Care Association (WFCCA) to host a family child care provider day in Madison on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, to view the Wonder of Learning Exhibit! The exhibit will be held at the Madison Central Public Library and the Overture Center of the Arts.  More information will be coming soon!
Guarde la fecha - Satélite se asocia con la Asociación de la niñez de Wisconsin (WECA) y la Asociación de cuidado de niños de la familia de Wisconsin (WFCCA) para hospedar un día de proveedor familiar de cuidado infantil en Madison el Sábado, 23 de Febrero de 2019, para ver la exposición de maravilla de aprendizaje ! La exposición será en la biblioteca del centro de Madison (Madison Public Library) y El Centro de la Obertura de las Artes (Overture Center of the Arts).  ¡Más información llegará pronto!

Region 1 says:
*Here is information on support groups in Region 1

Columbia County Childcare Providers 
Contact Ester Pollnow at Head Start
Meets at FRC 2946 Red Fox Run, Portage, WI
Meets Thursdays 6-8pm
Jan 17, Feb 18, March 14, April 11, May 9
CHAOS, located in Rock County
Generally meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, Sept through May
Membership is $25 yearly
Contact: Mykayla Perkins Membership Coordinator 204 W. Beloit St Darien WI, 53114 608-436-4422  

Also here is a direct link to the support group page at 4C 
 Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc.

Submitted by:  Emily Hefko Region 1 Rep

Region 2 says:
Hello. I'm looking for someone to get Silent Auction items and Donations in and around region 8, for the WFCCA Conference.  If you would like to help out please contact me. Thanks.

Submitted by: Billie Jo Walmer

Region 3 says:
*WMELS-Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards -
The training will be 1/3, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31 & 2/7 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm for a total of 15 hours. Participants must attend each session.
WITC, 1019 S Knowles Ave, New Richmond, WI
*Director's Retreat
January 16, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM
Deb's Cafe, 1120 122nd St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Register by calling Sandy at Western Dairyland's Child Care Partnership: 715-831-1700. 
*Parent Cafe
January 24, 2019 6 - 8 PM
UWRF Child Center 900 East Cascade Ave, River Falls, WI 54022
For more information or for questions: 
Contact Sandy at Child Care Partnership at 715-831-1700 or 800-782-1880.
*Online Pyramid Model Training
January 7 - March 29, 2019 7 AM - 10 PM
Register online at
Any questions feel free to contact Region Representatives for Region 3:
Shelly Boelter 715-792-5404
Holly Hale 651-233-7327

Submitted by: Shelly Boelter Region 3 Rep

Region 4 has nothing to report

Region 5 has nothing to report

Region 6 says:

*In November  Region 6 hosted their 2nd Annual Mini Conference in Wausau.  All 3 regional representatives Joan, Peggy and Amy were present to meet WFCCA members from the region and welcome new members.  The workshops were fantastic and everyone went home with plenty of new ideas and lots of free supplies! 
* Region 6 currently has 1 active support group, that welcomes anyone in the region to join. With it centrally located in the state it is easy to gather on the last monday of the month in Stevens Point. We provide monthly trainings throughout the year, and have a Provider Appreciation and Holiday Meals. Contact info is Sarah Torres

Submitted by: Joan Garski Region 6 Rep

Region 7 says:
*We will be having our mini conference on Saturday February 23, 2019.
*Region 7 currently has 4 active support groups
Helping Hands Growing Hearts Childcare Support Group  
Area:  Oshkosh and surrounding areas for
Family child care providers 
Contact info is Katy Schultz
HEART Support Group 
Area  Appleton, Kimberly, Green Bay and surrounding areas
Contact info   Marlene Tiesling 
CHILD  Association 
Area Oshkosh and surrounding areas 
Contact Tammy Danhoff
CARE Association 
Area Neenah, Menasha  and  surrounding areas
Contact info Stephanie Winkel
Also our local CCR&R has a Provider cafe  that offers support and networking to anyone who take care of children. They meet once a month. 

Happy Holidays 
Submitted by: Marlene Tiesling Region 7 Rep

Region 8 says:

Milwaukee Family Child Care Provider Support Group
Capitol Library
December 15, 2018
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Submitted by: Leticia Browley Region Rep 8 
All of us at Wisconsin Family Child Care would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Holidays and a Happy 2019!