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.

Parent/Caregiver Equity Advisory Cabinet

Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families is developing a Parent/Caregiver Equity Advisory Cabinet (PCEAC) to ensure that the state’s early childhood programs, policies and services address the daily challenges facing families with children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Members will meet quarterly to share their unique voices, lived experiences, and community reflections. Learn more. Información en español.

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.