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The Economic Impact of the Child Care Industry in Southeast Wisconsin

In the latest report from its three-year research project on early childhood care and education, the Public Policy Forum conducts a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact of southeast Wisconsin's child care industry. The aim is twofold: to provide policymakers and economic development officials with a sense of the economic magnitude of this industry, and what its condition means to the economic well-being of the region; and to lay the groundwork for a follow-up report - to be released later this year - that will enumerate the costs and benefits of a potential high quality early childhood care and education system in southeastern Wisconsin. Taken together, these reports will provide insight for policymakers as to the scope of investments that would be required to achieve a high quality system, and the returns that might be generated should those investments materialize.

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