Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

General Wisconsin Child Care
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The vision of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families 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.