Wisconsin Shares subsidies are available to help families pay for child care for children under age 13 (or up to 19 if the child has special needs). The family's gross income must be at or below 185% of poverty to be eligible. For more information on eligibility, visit the Eligibility Guidelines webpage.
To Apply for Wisconsin Shares
To apply for Wisconsin Shares or other public benefits, visit the Access webpage.
Wisconsin Shares is administered by the local counties except in Milwaukee County. Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) agency information can be found here: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/meca/default.htm. Information on all other agencies can be found here: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/em/imagencies/index.htm.
Child care providers in Wisconsin who wish to serve families enrolled in Wisconsin Shares child care assistance program are required to participate in YoungStar. Families in Wisconsin rely on these providers to serve our children and contribute to the success of these families. To learn more about the requirements of providers who accept Wisconsin Shares, please see the Wisconsin Shares Policy Guide.
For more provider resources around Wisconsin Shares, visit the Wisconsin Shares providers website.
Wisconsin Shares is administered by the local counties except in Milwaukee County. In each county, Child Care Coordinators help parents navigate the Wisconsin Shares program. In most counties, these same people are available to help providers with questions on Wisconsin Shares. Names and contact information for the Child Care Coordinators are available on the Child Care Coordinator list.