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Partner Up!

Supporting partnerships¬†between businesses & regulated child care providers.¬†



Connect with a survey to better understand your employees' child care needs

Consider the proven benefits of subsidizing child care needs

Employers' perceptions of child care 


Consider some of the reasons employer-subsidized child care is beneficial for businesses



Across three cohorts and for over two years, the Partner Up! program provided grant funding to awarded businesses who were willing to subsidize a portion of their employees' child care costs. Each contracted child care slot was paid out to the provider monthly as the True Cost of Care, the amount Department of Children and Families determined was needed for in-home providers and group centers to truly be able to afford offering the slot. True Cost of Care is often far above the amount of tuition a parent can pay; tuition often being referred to as "market rate." 

Though the program has come to an end, the exercises of the program can still be practiced by employers: 

  • Have you surveyed your employees to better understand their child care needs and cost?
  • Have you considered supporting those needs in order to improve productivity, attendance and talent retention?
  • What advocacy have you participated in to support increased wages and child care availability in your area? 


Contact CCP staff for more information:

Seth Abrahamson
Business Child Care Advocate
715-492-6622 or 715-831-1700

Becca Elbert
Assistant Director


The various Partner Up! cohorts have been funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA), the Preschool Development Grant (PDG), and Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training (QUEST), and there is no further funding at this time.

Partner Up! is a grant program from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Project Growth, Supporting Families Together Association, and Wisconsin’s nine CCR&Rs.