Wisconsin employers look to build child care solutions

Employers in western Wisconsin hope improving access to child care in rural communities will help build the local workforce.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Organic Valley and Vernon Memorial Healthcare are among the groups working to create a shared services network for Vernon County child care providers that could launch early next year. The network aims to help child care programs through support services and cost sharing.

Chris Hardie is executive director of economic development agency The 7 Rivers Alliance. He says a survey the agency conducted found that child care is one of the biggest challenges businesses in the region face.

The survey of regional businesses executives found 53 percent of respondents willing to subsidize child care for employees if it would guarantee their availability.

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