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Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2021-Vitrual Conference 

April 14 & 15, 2021

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COVID-19 Information 

Wisconsin’s early learning community consists of a variety of individuals, agencies and cross sector systems. For resources and information related to COVID-19 that are are specific to the early care and education community, go to Early Learning Information on COVID-19

Early Learning 

DPI’s support  a statewide early childhood system to increase collaboration and coordination of the early learning community at local, regional and statewide community levels. The early childhood community includes parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, public libraries, governmental and non-governmental agencies, consumer and professional associations, relevant philanthropic organizations, and legislators. The DPI Early Childhood Consultant is housed in the Teaching and Learning Team in the Division for Academic Excellence and works collaboratively across DPI divisions and other state departments to bring cohesiveness to the programs associated with early learning. The DPI Early Childhood Consultant provides leadership, partnership, policy development, incentives, and technical assistance to the early childhood community for children birth to age eight throughout Wisconsin.

Guiding Principles

The Principles of the DPI's focus on Early Learning align with the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council


--Our primary focus is on the best interests of Wisconsin’s children, whose early years are crucial to their success.


--Families the key decision makers, teachers, and advocates for their children.


--Communities must provide integrated quality services to ensure children’s access to quality education, physical and mental health services, and family support.


--Public, private, and government entities share the responsibility for implementing comprehensive systems.

Professional Development

--Quality professional development opportunities support a skilled and stable workforce.


--Adequate and equitable financing, derived from multiple funding sources, supports comprehensive and continuous early childhood services.

Public Policy

--Wisconsin public policy should support blended funding streams and quality initiatives to create comprehensive systems.

Early Care and Education Settings

OEL Initiatives/Priorities

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Alignment with State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Additional Early Childhood Collaborators 

For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625