A new study shows Wisconsin is fairing well when it comes to providing childcare to low-income families.
The report from the National Women's Law Center highlights the challenges many states face in continuing to help low-income families access childcare. For many states, including Wisconsin, federal funding shortages top the list.
Dave Edie with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says those funds have either been frozen or reduced in many cases, which is shifting a greater burden on the states. He says officials in the Badger State have helped overcome those shortfalls. However, tough economic times could make the problem worse if the state needs to make further cuts.
Many states have had to adjust who is eligible for care, frozen payment rates, and have created waiting lists. Edie says those steps and more may be needed in Wisconsin if federal funding doesn't get back on track.