Wisconsin Child Care

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At the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), we have a priority—to achieve a state where all children have access to the quality early care and education they deserve. We work toward that mission by promoting the social well-being of children and families through safe, high-quality early education experiences. DCF is also committed to supporting low-income working families by sharing the cost of child care. Helping families access affordable, quality child care, gets Wisconsin another step closer to giving all children an opportunity for a great start in life.

DCF understands the early care and learning opportunities children receive have a big impact. High-quality care helps shape children’s growing brains and can positively influence the rest of their lives. We work closely with those who play a pivotal role—Wisconsin’s highly qualified, professional child care provider workforce. Together, we help ensure safe, nurturing child care is available to all our youngest learners.

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Are You a Parent or Caregiver?

Learn about child care financial support available for qualified families.

Learn how to find quality child care that fits your family's needs.

Find Quality Child Care

Looking for quality child care? Find providers near you, quality ratings, and more with our easy-to-use search tool.

Search the Child Care Finder

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Are You a Provider

Learn how to accept families receiving Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy funds.

Visit Wisconsin Shares

Learn how to build a quality child care business with support from YoungStar.

Visit YoungStar

Start a Licensed Child Care Center

Interested in providing a valuable service to Wisconsin children, families, and communities? Start a licensed child care center. DFC is here to help!

Get Your License Started

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