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Wisconsin Shares for Agency Workers

This page contains information that is important to local agency eligibility and authorization workers.

Agency Worker Announcements

In late July/early August 2022, DCF is mailing a postcard to all families with a current Wisconsin Shares authorization. The postcard reminds families to use the Parent Portal to request their fall/back-to-school child care authorizations. View the postcard in English or Spanish. Agency workers and child care providers are encourages to share the postcard and its contents with families utilizing Wisconsin Shares. 


Effective January 1, 2022, many families saw an increase in the monthly Wisconsin Shares subsidy amount on their MyWIChildCare EBT card. This increase was reflected in benefits issued after January 1, 2022. Read more about the rate increase. 


A partir del 1 de enero de 2022, muchas familias verán un aumento en el monto del subsidio mensual de Wisconsin Shares en su tarjeta EBT MyWIChildCare. Este aumento se reflejará en los beneficios que se entreguen después del 1 de enero de 2022. Lea más sobre el aumento de tarifas.


Wisconsin Shares Handbook

The Wisconsin Shares Handbook contains the policies and process instructions of the Wisconsin Shares program.

Technical Assistance

The Bureau of Child Care Subsidy Administration (BCCSA) oversees the implementation of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program across the state. Bureau staff are available to offer technical assistance in a variety of ways to assist local agencies with the implementation of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. More information on technical assistance contacts can be found on the Wisconsin Shares SharePoint site.

Operations Memos

Operations Memos from the Division of Early Care and Education are used to communicate with local agencies who accept Wisconsin Shares about changes in policy and automated systems. These memos are located on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website. Users can also sign up to receive notifications of new memos by clicking the Join Our Email Lists link on the upper right corner of the DHS webpage.

Administrator Memos

Administrator Memos from the Division of Early Care and Education are used to communicate with local agencies who accept Wisconsin Shares about changes made to the county/tribal child care contracts and other administrative procedures. These memos are located on the DECE Administrator's Memo webpage.

Income Eligibility Table

2022 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and State Median Income (SMI) Limits Table for Financial Eligibility in the Wisconsin Shares Program-Effective February 1, 2022
Group Size Annual 185% FPL Monthly 185% FPL Annual
85% SMI
Monthly 85% SMI
2 $33,874 $2,823 $57,620 $4,802
3 $42,606 $3,550 $71,177 $5,931
4 $51,338 $4,278 $84,735 $7,061
5 $60,070 $5,006 $98,292 $8,191
6 $68,802 $5,733 $111,850 $9,321
7 $77,534 $6,461 $114,392 $9,533
8 $86,266 $7,189 $116,934 $9,745
9 $94,998 $7,916 $119,476 $9,956
10 $103,730 $8,644 $122,018 $10,168
Each Additional Person Add $8,732 $728 N/A N/A


Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 49

Chapter 49 of the Wisconsin Statutes includes current laws that affect the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. See Wis. Stat. s. 49.141 - 49.161, and specifically 49.155

DCF Administrative Code Chapters 101 and 201

Wisconsin Administrative Rules affecting the Wisconsin Shares program included DCF 101 and DCF 201.

Forms and Publications Repository

This searchable page contains a combined repository of all forms and publications used by local agencies, programs, and DCF staff.

Sign up for the Child Care Listserv for the newest updates

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) uses this listserv to communicate:

These communications will come via email and will ensure that you receive current information and resources. To sign up for the Child Care Listserv, please visit the Child Care Email Sign Up page. If you would like to unsubscribe from the Child Care listserv, click the unsubscribe link in the email that you receive or use the Unsubscribe form on the listserv signup web page.

Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID

You need to indicate your WAMS ID for some of these other request forms.

  1. Go to:
  2. Follow the Self Registration link.
  3. Remember the ID and password you create.
  4. Upon submission of the profile information, an email will be sent to you with a confirmation link. You must click the confirmation link in order to activate your WAMS account.

WAMS accounts are supported by DOA's Wisconsin Helpdesk. If you have questions or problems setting up your account, please call the Wisconsin Helpdesk at 608-261-4400 or 866-335-2180.

CARES Worker Web (CWW)

CWW is used for eligibility determination of public benefits, including child care.

  1. Obtain a WAMS ID. (See instructions above.)
  2. To obtain access, fill out the CARES Automated Systems Access Request.
  3. Go to  CARES Automated Systems Access Request
  4. There are spaces for electronic signatures of the user, supervisor, and security officer. Please complete the form with all necessary electronic signatures.
  5. Email completed form to: DCF Service Desk.

Create DWD Wisconsin Login ID (WIEXT ID)

You need to indicate your Wisconsin Login ID on the CSAW/CCPP, WISCCRS and YoungStar access request forms listed below.

Do not create the same ID for your Wisconsin Login ID as your WAMS ID. If you have set up an ID for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits, you already have a WIEXT ID and may use that. 

  1. Go to: WIEXT Account Management Page
  2. Create a Login ID.
  3. Upon submission of the profile information, you are finished with this step.
  4. Remember the ID and password you create.

If you need assistance, please contact the DCF Service Desk at 608-264-6323.

Child Care Statewide Administration on the Web (CSAW) and Child Care Provider Portal (CCPP) Access

  1. Obtain your DWD Wisconsin Login. (See instructions above.)
  2. Go to DCF-F-DWSW13358e
  3. Download and complete the DCF-F-DWSW13358e access request form.
  4. You must print the DCF-F-DWSW13358e form and obtain physical signatures from the user, supervisor, child care coordinator, and security officer.
  5. Scan and email the completed form to:

Retro Privilege

Retro privileges for CSAW are now included in the Coordinator profile.

Note: Child care providers seeking access to the Child Care Provider Portal (CCPP) should follow different access instructions.

Systems Contact List

Security Access Guide for Child Care Agency Workers

If you need assistance with the child care systems, please use the Systems Contacts information to contact the appropriate person.