Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Proposed Child Care Rulemaking Projects

The Division of Early Care and Education posts notices and documents related to rulemaking projects. Information regarding rulemaking projects can be found by clicking on the program area below.

Child Care Administrative Rule Updates

The emergency rule went into effect 9/30/2019. The primary purpose of the rule change is to ensure that the department’s rules affecting child care certification and licensing comply with the health and safety requirements in federal regulations based on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The rule changes incorporate new federal background check requirements into child care administrative rules (202, 250, 251, 252) and create DCF 13 as a new child care background check administrative rule in accordance with Wis. Statute 48.686. The rules also regroup the department’s child care certification and licensing rules that address the same topics in different places, eliminate duplicative provisions, correct errors, and clarify language where needed to ensure proper implementation and administration of the health and safety requirements. 

Abbreviated Summary of Rule Revisions

Rule Revisions: DCF 12, 13, 40, 202, 204, 250, 251, and 252

DCF 13
DCF 202
DCF 250
DCF 251
DCF 252

Hearing Notice

Hearing Summary