Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

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Wisconsin Child Care Licensing Rules and Manuals

 

Free copies of the licensing rules and commentary manuals are available by clicking directly on the links listed below.  You may duplicate copies of the rules if you choose. 

Purchase printed copies: To purchase printed copies of the rule books and commentary manuals, see the DCF-F-CFS4099 - Instructions for Obtaining Licensing Rule Books.  

Effective 9/30/2019, emergency rule changes were implemented for DCF 13, DCF 250, DCF 251, and DCF 252. See the Child Care Administrative Rule Updates section on the Proposed Child Care Rulemaking Projects page for more information. Printed copies of the child care rule books and commentary manuals will not be available for purchase until after the permanent rules go into effect in March 2020. Contact your regional office if you have questions.

 

Child Care Background Checks

Family Child Care Centers

A child care program that provides care and supervision for less than 24 hours a day for at least 4 and not more than 8 children who are not related to the provider.

Group Child Care Centers

A child care program that provides care and supervision for less than 24 hours a day for 9 or more children who are not related to the provider.

Day Camps

A child care program that provides care and supervision to 4 or more children age 3 and older in a seasonal program oriented to the out-of-doors for less than 24 hours a day.

Emergency Rule DCF 201

  • Emergency Rule DCF 201.039(10m) Section 39 - DECLARATION OF DISASTER. An authorization issued for child care for a specific provider at a specific location may remain effective at another provider that meets the conditions under s. DCF 201.038 (1) if the location identified in the authorization is within an area covered by a declaration of a state of emergency by the governor under s. 323.10, Stats.