General Wisconsin Child Care Information and Links 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 Child Care Counts - Response and Relief Payment Program - April 19-30, 2021 DCF recently launched another round of the Child Care Counts Payment Program to support Wisconsin’s early care and education community. Each round of the new Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Response and Relief Payment Program will be distributed through two programs targeting the challenges early care and education providers are facing. This application period is open from April 19-30, 2021. Details about each program can be found below and on the Child Care Counts page. Subscribe to the Child Care Listserv Stay up to date with news and information impacting providers. Email address: (required) Your name: 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.