Recognizing that the early months and years of children’s lives are crucial to their healthy development over the lifespan, the Prenatal to Five Initiative (P25) collaborates with partners across the state and Tribal communities to study and advocate on issues including childcare, housing, nutrition, physical health, education, and parenting during this key period of life. P25 is based out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is administratively hosted by the CommNS.
Areas of focus
Education to support the prenatal-to-five professional workforce
Outreach programs to promote evidence-based practices among providers
Research with partners to address key interests and dissemination of findings
P25 has undertaken important partnership-building activities and engagement with policymakers, including:
- Convening Wisconsin’s first prenatal-to-five dedicated summit in 2017
- Spearheading the Wisconsin Early Care and Education Legislative Symposium in May 2018
- Hosting a series of regional meetings with our partners across Wisconsin in 2019 and synthesizing their priorities
- Surveying regional meeting attendees after COVID-19 and racial justice uprisings in 2020 to gauge changes in priorities and further refine P25 needs
View P25’s issue brief for policymakers.
Quick Wisconsin facts
337410 Number of Wisconsin children age birth to 41
167471 Number of Wisconsin child care slots available for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers1
57 Number of Wisconsin child care slots for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers for every 100 children whose parents work outside the home2
"The earlier the investment, the higher the return."
13 %Average share of income Wisconsin's married-couple families pay for child care2
34 %Average share of income Wisconsin's single-parent families pay for child care2
22630 Average annual income of a child care worker in Wisconsin (U.S. avg.: $24,610)1
- United Way children’s network
- UW–Madison Division of Extension
- Wisconsin & UP Michigan State Alliance of YMCAs
- Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program for Families
- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services, including the Wisconsin WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
For more information and to connect with Prenatal to Five efforts and opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1“2019 State Child Care Facts in the State of: Wisconsin,” Child Care Aware of America.
2“Affordability 2019” and “Access 2019,” Child Care Data Center: Wisconsin, Child Care Aware of America.