Child Care Licensing Resources:
Wisconsin's Licensed Child Care Programs
The child care licensing program is a component of the services provided by Department of Children and Families. The program is accountable for the statewide licensure of Wisconsin's child care facilities, including family child care, group child care and day camps. The purpose of the program is to promote the health, safety and welfare of children in licensed child care. The Department ensures that licensing requirements are met through on-going inspections of child care facilities.
Under Wisconsin law, no person may provide care and supervision for 4 or more children under the age of 7 for less than 24 hours a day unless that person obtains a license to operate a child care center from the Department.
- Video: Navigating DCF website for Licensed Child Care Providers NEW!
- Measles Information NEW!
- Most Frequently Cited Licensing Violations (PDF) NEW!
- Caregiver Background Checks
- Child Care Directories - Licensed & Certified
- Child Care Licensing Overview
- Collaborative Child Care Programs - FAQs (PFS-4085) (PDF 46 kb)
- Look Before You Lock: Help Keep Kids Out of Hot Cars (U.S. Dept. of Health PDF)
- Information for Providers
- Information for Parents
- Child Care Licensing/Certification Summary Reports
Last Revised: October 14, 2015