Wisconsin Shares Eligibility Guidelines
Before you can receive a Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy authorization, you must be determined eligible for the program.
What is the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program?
Wisconsin Shares helps families pay for child care so that parents or other approved caretakers may work, go to school, or participate in approved work training programs.
Who Can Get Wisconsin Shares?
- Low-income working families with children under the age of 13. If a child has a special need, the family may remain eligible until the child’s 19th birthday.
- Guardians who are not biological parents, like foster parents, may have different income eligibility requirements.
Providers must be certified, licensed or operated by a Wisconsin public
The child care provider must participate in the YoungStar program and have a quality rating of at least 2 Stars. Parents must be working or participating in another approved activity to receive Wisconsin Shares benefits. If there are two parents in the household, benefits will only be issued for the time when their work or other approved activity schedules overlap.
What is an Approved Activity?
- Work – generally, any activity which produces income.
- Completing high school (parents under age 20), or approved high school equivalency program. Activities assigned and approved by a Wisconsin Works (W-2) or FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) agency.
- Attending basic education or college courses while working at least 20 hours per month. There is a 24-month limit to Wisconsin Shares benefits for school attendance.
How much will Wisconsin Shares pay for child care? Will I have to pay anything?
Wisconsin Shares helps parents pay for child care by issuing a monthly deposit on a MyWIChildCare EBT card. The amount of your Wisconsin Shares benefit depends on your family’s income and size. Parents are responsible for knowing the child care provider’s rates and paying the provider any additional amount owed above the Wisconsin Shares benefit.
What income is counted?
Wisconsin Shares counts almost all money coming into the home. This includes,
but is not limited to, all income from any work or self-employment, Social
Security payments, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation.
A few things like money a teen earns at a job or child support payments under $1250 do not count. There is no deduction for living expenses.
Financial eligibility is also based on family size. Your family includes everybody who lives in your household including your spouse, your dependent child, any adult you have had a child with, and any children living in your household without another parent. If you have a teen who is your tax dependent and their child (your grandchild) living in the household, they count too.
Income Eligibility Requirement
To be initially eligible, the family's gross monthly income must be equal to
or less than 185% Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for the corresponding group size.
Families may continue to be eligible until their monthly income reaches 200%
Go to ACCESS and click on “Am I Eligible” to see if you might qualify.