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UW-Extension asked to study child care needs for La Crosse County

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A debate over child care needs in La Crosse County has taken up the county board’s time for the past several months, but a temporary compromise appears to have been reached.

The board voted last week to let UW-Extension study the issue and propose ways of offering more daycare to county families. The study could cost up to $50,000 in federal money already set aside for child care services.

The resolution, approved at Thursday’s monthly meeting, calls on the Extension to develop a plan in a “neutral, independent, and equitable way.”

Hiring the Extension for a study eliminates a previous plan to let the La Crosse School District develop a child care center that would have helped low income families and families within the school district.

That idea was questioned by existing daycare providers in the community. The plan would have cost $696,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funding for three years. The county added that the school district would have paid around $1 million.

“We have debated and re-debated resolutions regarding child care without actually ever getting to any kind of solution or conclusion,” County Board chair Monica Kruse said at the meeting.

She declared that the issue was at an “impasse” before recommending the new proposal.

There is no definite timeline for UW-Extension to come up with a new plan.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Jay

    August 23, 2022 at 5:05 am

    Raise your own kids they will be much better off

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