Wisconsin Legislative Priorities


Wisconsin State Alliance of YMCAs



Click here for Legislative Priorities PDF and here for the 2022 Wisconsin Community Benefit Report.

Workforce Development | 100% of all 31 YMCA Associations offer licensed childcare to their communities.

Safe, accessible and affordable childcare will allow parents to return to or enter the workforce.

  • $3 million to support 6 weeks to 5 years of age Early Childhood Education
  • $3 million to support 4K to 12 years of age Out of School programming

Revisions to Childcare Licensing | 2671 children are on waitlist across the state due to staff shortages.

Updates to licensing requirements will assist Ys in hiring, training, and retaining dedicated and skilled staff. Expanding staff age range requirements will broaden our ability to hire a workforce able to serve all children on waitlists.

Approve the Department of Children and Families licensing rule revisions to be enacted in 2023.

Support expanded staff age requirements for licensed school age care and day camp.

Mental Health | Child safety and well-being is our number one priority. 

Nationally, nearly 35 million children have had at least one traumatic experience, and nearly two-thirds of children have been exposed to violence. Senior isolation has increased exponentially during the pandemic.

Support Trauma Informed Care and mental health initiatives for all ages and grant opportunities for non-profits. Please support 2019 Senate Bill #259.

Other Priorities | The YMCA is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 

  • Aquatic Safety/Drowning Prevention
  • Preventative Health
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Diversity & Inclusion



2020-2021 Legislative Session Priorities (Our Impact) for the Wisconsin YMCAs - click HERE for pdf document.

YMCA Child Care Enrollment pdf here.

We serve over 567,300 people at 74 YMCA locations through Wisconsin. Over 214,000 children under the age of 18 are Y members. The Y is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Re-engage Wisconsin's Workforce
$7 million annual investment in the Department of Children and Families to help get WI’s workforce back in person. The YMCA’s in WI are the leading provider of childcare from ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. As employers begin to invite employees back into the workplace, parents need the assurance that their children are being cared for in a safe way. The Ys in WI are trained and prepared to offer in person childcare but have the flexibility to move to virtual learning as they have done throughout the pandemic.

  • $3 million to support 6 weeks to 5 years of age Early Childhood Education
  • $3 million to support 4K to 12 years of age School Age Child Care
  • $1 million to support Incentive Pay for Essential Childcare Workers

Health & Wellness Priorities for Seniors
Each year numbers continue to rise for seniors that develop complications and medical issues relating to falls. The Y’s in WI are positioned to expand evidence-based programming like Moving for Better Balance-a fall prevention program. A $1 million annual investment would increase access and programming efforts to seniors that have found themselves isolated, and limited in their activity throughout the pandemic.

Summer Learning Loss
A $2 million annual investment will help YMCA’s to continue and expand on virtual learning opportunities that can be shifted to in person when appropriate. Evidence shows that continued learning during the summer months not only help students retain their knowledge, but can help to jump start their learning for upcoming school years.


Contact: Foley & Lardner, LLP

Jason Childress: jchildress@foley.com, 608.217.6109

Joe Leibham: jleibham@foley.com, 608.258.4257

Alicia Schweitzer: aschweitzer@foley.com, 608.257.5035


Contact: Wisconsin State Alliance of YMCAs

Jon Agnew: jagnew@wiymca.org, 610.322.4913