Child Care Regulation Fees

The Department of Children and Families collects licensing and certification fees as prescribed under Wis. Stats. ss. 48.65 (3) (a) and 48.651 (2). The information provided below details the fees for an initial license and licensing continuation, and certification fees for Milwaukee County. For certification fees in the balance of the state, please contact your local certification agency.

Initial Licensing Fees

Family Child Care

Wis. Stat. 48.65 (3) (a) requires a child care center that provides care and supervision for 4 to 8 children to pay a fee of $60.50 every two years.  

The 6-month probationary license fee is $15.12 (the two-year fee divided by 4) due at the time the initial application is submitted.

Group Child Care

Wis. Stat. 48.65 (3) (a) requires a child care center that provides care and supervision for 9 or more children to pay a two-year fee of $30.25, plus a two-year fee of $16.94 per child, based on the licensed capacity.

The 6-month probationary fee is the two-year fee divided by 4. At the time the initial license application is submitted, applicants must submit a non-refundable fee of $45.68. This fee is calculated from the [$30.25 base fee + (9 children x $16.94 per child)] divided by 4. This fee will then be deducted from the remaining probationary fee due once licensed capacity is determined at the initial licensing visit.

Day Camps for Children

Wis. Stat. 48.65 (3) (a) requires a child care center that provides care and supervision for 9 or more children to pay a two-year fee of $30.25, plus a two-year fee of $16.94 per child, based on the licensed capacity.

The 6-month probationary fee is the two-year fee divided by 4, due at the time the initial application is submitted.

License Continuation

Family Child Care

The fee for a regular license is $60.50. This fee is due in full at the time of continuation.

Group Child Care

The fee for a regular license is $30.25 + ($16.94 per child in licensed capacity). This fee is due in full at the time of continuation.

Day Camps for Children

The fee for a regular license is $30.25 + ($16.94 per child in licensed capacity). This fee is due in full at the time of continuation.

Amending Your Licensed Capacity

If you would like to amend your Group Child Care Center or Day Camp for Children license to increase your capacity, a fee of $16.94 per additional child is required. The base fee of $30.25 is not collected for an amendment, as the base fee is collected prior to issuance or continuation of the license. The capacity increase fee must be paid prior to issuance of the amended license. No refund will be issued when a license is amended to reduce capacity during the current period of licensure.

Milwaukee County Certification Fees

Initial Certification

The initial certification fee for providers in Milwaukee County is $90.75, which is due at the time the initial application is submitted.

Recertification

The recertification fee for providers in Milwaukee County is $90.75, which is due at the time the recertification application is submitted.

Veterans Professional Occupation Licensure Fee Waiver Program

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible to have your initial child care license fee waived. Check out the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs website to see if you qualify.