The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website will be unavailable for a short period, September 24, 2021, between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM for system maintenance. 

General Wisconsin Child Care Information and Links

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The vision of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is that all children have access to high-quality early care and education. We reinforce that vision with our mission to support low-income working families by sharing the cost of child care and promoting the social well-being of all children and families through safe, high-quality early education experiences.

Are you a family looking for help paying for child care or do you need more information about the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program? Visit the Wisconsin Shares page for more information.

Are you a family looking for information about child care and early education or help finding child care? Visit our YoungStar pages for information on parenting and finding quality child care. Use our Wisconsin Child Care Finder to locate child care near you.

Are you a child care program or provider interested in learning more about Wisconsin Shares or serving children through the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program? Visit our Wisconsin Shares Providers page.

Are you a child care provider interested in improving the quality of care you provide? To learn more about supports offered through the YoungStar program for child care quality rating and improvement, visit our YoungStar page.

NEW - ARPA Survey Regarding Child Care Funding - Responses Due September 30

An Invitation to Share your Thoughts on Utilization of ARPA Child Care Funding 
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stakeholder Survey is now available. DCF is interested in how you think we should prioritize the funding in an effort to respond to immediate needs of the early care and education sector and build a better child care system for families and providers long-term. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and feel free to share this survey link widely. Survey responses are due by September 30, 2021. 

Take the survey. (English)

Haga clic aquí para completar la encuesta. (Spanish)

Learn about the allowable uses of these funds according to federal guidance. 

Child Care Counts Program

Details about each Child Care Counts program can be found on the Child Care Counts pages



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Consumer Statement

When choosing child care, there are many factors to consider including types of care, price, availability, quality of care, and location. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) has numerous resources available to help parents choose the best child care option to fit their family’s needs. Read our complete Consumer Statement.