Licensed Exempt Public School Program  
Background Checks

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Under federal and state requirements, all caregivers and non-caregiver employees and residents age 10 or older in regulated child care centers require DCF-run background checks to determine their eligibility to reside or work in a child care setting.

Some child care programs are not licensed, and instead are run by a public school or Head Start program. These programs are still required to be monitored by DCF and comply with the new DCF background check requirements if:

  • They are registered in YoungStar.


  • They are eligible to receive Wisconsin Shares subsidy.

The resources below will guide licensed exempt public school programs and Head Start programs through the process of maintaining compliance with DCF background check requirements.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:  
DCF Child Care Background Unit, PO Box 8916, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53708-8916

Phone number: 608-422-7400  
Fax number: 608-422-7155  
Email address: