Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities




Department of Children and Families’ public benefit programs will continue during the partial federal government shutdown. Read the full announcement here.

Free Materials for…


Wisconsin Child Care Providers

   Resource Materials for Child Care Providers

  • Guidelines for new providers, each a few pages in length
  • Some related to family child care, some to group center care, most to both
  • Developed by Child Care Licensing Specialists, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies in Madison and Milwaukee, other state agencies
  • Single print copies available to any Wisconsin child care provider or educator  ̶  and multiple copies of brochures for parents
  • Use our catalog to locate materials for download and/or ordering
  • Find DCF 250/251 Appendix J resources in the catalog under the tab For Providers and the topic Resource List


   Free Materials from Other Wisconsin State Agencies

  • Additional resources written by other state agencies
  • Order from the specific state agency identified or download from their website


   Articles from Child Care Magazines

  • Useful ideas and good advice for providers from a variety of early childhood and afterschool magazines
  • Organized under the 12 content areas used in the Wisconsin Core Competencies
  • Use our catalog to locate articles for download and/or ordering
  • In compliance with copyright regulations, only one copy of each ordered article


Wisconsin Parents

  • DCF brochures on selecting high quality child care, the child care subsidy program, parenting and child development
  • Available to Wisconsin families in English or Spanish  
  • Use our catalog to find materials for download and/or ordering
  • Visit YoungStar for many more parenting resources


Wisconsin Child Care Certifying Agencies and Certified Providers

  • Brochures and articles on child development, positive guidance, health and safety, activities that support children's physical, mental, social and emotional development, and family child care business practices
  • Selected especially for certified family child care providers
  • Certification agencies may print these materials and order other DCF certification publications and forms through DOA  


Questions? Prefer to order Free Materials by phone? Contact CCIC!