Parents and caregivers of young kids could have an easier time getting involved in local government under a new proposal in Sun Prairie.
WPR reports that parents and caregivers of young kids could have an easier time getting involved in local government under a new proposal in Sun Prairie.
The city will consider a proposal on whether or not to make child care available during all public meetings. Aimed at breaking down barriers to participation, the proposal could be something more communities around the state consider.
The proposal came from two members of the Sun Prairie City Council, Theresa Stevens and Emily Lindsey, who are the city’s youngest council members and both have young children of their own. Lindsey said the idea is especially important in Sun Prairie, a young suburb of Madison where the majority of residents are younger than 45.
“We see a big gap,” Lindsey told WRP, 37. “(There’s) a lack from that demographic of participation in our local government.”
The proposal would make child care available for 314 different city meetings throughout the course of the year, including council and committee meetings as well as city boards and commissions.