Matching gifts to the Oconto Falls Center Campaign

Cross the Goal Line with Encompass!
Encompass has been selected for a $250,000 Green Bay Packers Foundation Impact Grant that will match gifts to our Oconto Falls Center Campaign dollar-for-dollar. We are currently 70% of our way to our campaign goal, and, with your support and generosity, we can cross the goal line with this matching gift!

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This campaign makes a BIG impact

The current landscape of Oconto County is identified as a "childcare desert" with limited childcare slots available for families who live and work in the region. The Encompass Oconto Falls Center increases access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education and care, provides new employment for 20+ people and connects families to community resources that impact birth to five outcomes. Our Oconto Falls Center has capacity for 140 children aged 6 weeks through 12, 4K and collaborative partnerships. With the 140 spaces that Encompass has added, there is a 51.3% increase in spaces and Encompass is providing 33% of the total spaces. This new center brings significant opportunity to families who couldn’t work due to lack of care.
Give now and double your dollars
When you give after June 19, 2024, your gift will be matched by the Packer Foundation. You may give securely online at the link below (fees may apply) or via mail with a check payment.
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Encompass Early Education and Care
PO Box 1627
Green Bay, WI 54305-1627

A ripple effect across the N.E.W. Region
Opening our 8th Encompass Center in Oconto Falls allows Encompass to further our educational mission and improve the quality of life in the northeastern Wisconsin region through 1) the provision of high-quality accessible and affordable childcare, and 2) closing the gap of the "childcare desert" in the Oconto Falls region. With these goals achieved through the opening of the Encompass Center in Oconto Falls, we will be able to sustain the following long-term goals in the region:

Preparing Children for Success:
For over 100 years, Encompass has been a nonprofit focused on providing high-quality care regardless of socio-economic or housing status. The 5-star curriculum Encompass brings to a community helps set children up for success and allows families to remain in the workforce. Achieve Brown County data shows a decline in 3rd-grade reading competencies in our region and a need for children to develop in early education in order to have every child proficient at 3rd-grade reading. To fall short of this means a child will be four times more likely to not graduate high school by age 19.

Increased Childcare Spaces:
By bringing high-quality care to the Oconto Falls region, we will be lifting up student success and ensuring that our children now are ready to be the leaders of tomorrow. In all of Oconto Co., there are only 13 childcare providers and 273 childcare spaces. With the 140 spaces that Encompass will add, there will be a 51.3% increase in childcare spaces, and Encompass will provide 33% of the total spaces. This will bring significant opportunity to families who couldn’t work due to lack of care.

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Care:
Access to high-quality early education is a key indicator of success in school and provides an equal starting point for all children, regardless of their family background. Families in need who come to Encompass are provided with opportunities for tuition assistance so they don't pay more than 15% of their household income on childcare. We also provide families with basic needs support - food, clothing, transportation assistance - through the Child & Family Advocate Program. In addition, DCF states only 46% of the 273 childcare spaces in Oconto Co. are “high quality, having earned a 3-5 star quality rating.” Encompass brings high-quality care that is 5-star rated by WI's rating system and the highest measure of quality through accreditation with the National Association for Education of Young Children.

New Jobs & Economic Growth:
Encompass will create 20 full-time jobs with pay starting at $16.50/hour with benefits. Using Chmura’s economic impact model, a childcare center creating 20 new jobs in Oconto Co. will have a total direct, indirect and induced output of over $1.67M annually.