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 Certified Family Child Care Providers

Family coloring - mother and three children


  • 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
  • Click the categories below to locate materials for download
  • Visit the Child Care Aware® website for more resources on Operating a Family Child Care Home
  • Certification agencies may print materials from this webpage and order other DCF certification publications and forms through DOA 


Record Keeping and Taxes

The Business Side of Kith and Kin - by Tom Copeland

Seven Record Keeping and Tax Tips for the New Provider - by Tom Copeland

plus many other family child care business resources on Tom Copeland's blog

Child Development and Activity Ideas for Caregivers

Health and Safety


Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern Requirements     Infants     Ages 1-12

Child Abuse and Shaken Baby Prevention

Positive Guidance

Best Practices Tips: Guiding Behavior of Toddlers

Biting - Understanding Children

"I'll Be Back for You." : Making Separation Easier“Vuelvo por ti.”

Toilet Teaching: The First StepsEnseñando a usar el inodoro: los primeros pasos

Plain Talk for Parents ... 

SIDS Risk Reduction

Safe Sleep for Your Baby / Sueño seguro para su bebé

plus additional resources on the Safe to Sleep website