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Child Care Certification

Background on Child Care Certification

State law (s. 48.651) requires counties/tribes to certify providers who receive public funding but are exempt from the licensing law. DCF promulgates rules establishing standards for the certification of child care providers and contracts certification functions to local counties and tribes. DCF Milwaukee Early Care Administration administers certification in Milwaukee County. Most counties have made certification available for all family day care providers, whether or not public funding is involved.

Benefits of Child Care Certification

Brochures on Child Care Regulations

Your Guide to Regulated Child Care - Summary of the Child Care Rules - English

Your Child Care - Is it Legal? - Information that will help you determine whether a child care center must be licensed.

Certification Agency Contact Information (PDF)

Certification Related Rules and Statutes

Certification Group Size Estimator

The Group Size Estimator is a tool that will help the user understand when a certified provider’s day care schedule may be in violation of the State of Wisconsin child care certification rules. 

Provider Memos (Certification and Licensing)

This page lists memos that have been mailed to providers.

Additional Information on Child Care Regulations 

Child Care Certification Forms

Forms Repository includes Wisconsin certification forms.

Operation Memos

Subscribe to the Operation Memos List Serve to receive the most recent updates child care updates. An archive of published memos is also available. 

Caregiver Law Related Sites


Other Child Care Related Links


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Updated October 04, 2016

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