How do I Apply
For Wisconsin Shares
Child Care Assistance?

Apply Online

Use the State's online application tool, called ACCESS, to apply for child care assistance. ACCESS is easy to use and takes about an hour to apply online. By using ACCESS, you can see if you are eligible for other benefits, like health insurance or food programs.

Enter ACCESS now.

In person (Milwaukee County)

If you live in Milwaukee County, please visit our office at the address below:

Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA)
1220 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

In person (outside of Milwaukee County)

Visit the list of Child Care Assistance Eligibility Applications and Authorizations Agencies (PDF) to find the address in your county where you can apply for child care assistance.


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