COVID-19 Child Care Listserv Message Archive

The Department of Children and Families is committed to keeping child care programs informed during this health care emergency. This continues to be a fluid and fast moving situation, so we have created a place where child care programs can view messages that have been sent on the Child Care Listserv during the emergency.

During these unpredictable times, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Division of Early Care and Education (DECE) will send updates every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the pandemic to everyone who has subscribed to the DCF Child Care listserv.

Please sign up to receive Child Care listserv messages and announcements to stay informed about this crisis.

Go back to the COVID-19 Child Care Resources page.

View the 2020 Child Care Provider Listserv messages.

Additional Resources

Learn more about face masks still required at child care centers; Week of the Young Child; apply for the DCF program supervisor position in Waukesha; latest Child Care Counts application period opens on April 19; next week is Out-of-School Time Professionals Appreciation Week; and register to attend the 2021 Wisconsin Family Child Care Conference Sept. 16-18.

Learn about the latest round of Child Care Counts; DCF Community Innovation Grant Recipients; read the updated FAQs for the Wisconsin Shares temporary subsidy increase; reminder that the fingerprinting deadline is June 1.

Read reminders about updated FAQs for Wisconsin Shares temporary subsidy increase; Child Care Counts spending timeframe and FAQs; and the June 1 deadline for fingerprint background checks

Read the latest update on face masks still being required at child care centers; updated FAQs about the temporary Wisconsin Shares subsidy increase; and reminders about Child Care Counts spending timeframe and the June 1 fingerprinting deadline.

Read the reminders about: Child Care Counts spending timeframe, fingerprinting deadline is June 1, and updated face covering requirements.

Help the CDC by participating in a COVID-19 vaccination survey for child care providers! Read the following reminders: Child Care Counts Spending Timeframe Updates - make sure you know the deadlines; take the DHS COVID-10 vaccine webinar survey - the deadline is today; mark your calendar to attend the upcoming webinar series on multilingual learners; cast your vote and nominate an ECE professional; register for the upcoming day camp institute.  

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 on Zoom to learn more about the Wisconsin Shares temporary subsidy increase! Read about updated face covering requirements - mandate extended until April 5; DCF's new resource to promote purposeful play; an upcoming webinar series on multilingual learners; nominate a professional in the ECE field to be featured on our website; fingerprinting deadline is June 1, 2021; and register for a six-part day camp institute.

Please read these important updates about the Child Care Counts spending timeframe and consult with a professional tax advisor for your specific situation.

Want more information about COVID-19 vaccines? Answer the survey to request another DHS webinar in both English and Spanish. If you are a child care provider or work in a child care program, you need to have your fingerprints on file by June 1.Read about an upcoming day camp institute, face mask reminders, and an upcoming webinar about the Wisconsin Shares temporary subsidy increase.

Read the latest about vaccinated child care workers/teachers still required to wear face masks; updated CDC guidance for child care providers - and toolkits for child care programs; upcoming webinar for providers about temporary Wisconsin Shares subsidy increase; and fingerprinting requirements resumed on March 15.

Mark your calendar to attend the March 24 webinar for providers about Wisconsin Shares Temporary Subsidy Increase! Read about the DHS vaccine webinar on March 12; a reminder about fingerprinting requirements resuming on March 15; and the continuation of face covering requirements.

Learn more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the two upcoming DHS Vaccine Webinars on March 11-12! Also read about continued face coverings as a measure to slow the transmission of COVID-19; Child Care Counts Audits and Reviews - check the Child Care Portal to see if you were randomly chosen for an audit; Child Care Counts payment tax information; fingerprint requirements resume on March 15 - make sure you and your staff are in compliance.

Exciting news - Governor Evers will submit a plan to the Joint Committee on Finance for use of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds that Wisconsin has received through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The plan includes two additional rounds of Child Care Counts funding, as well as investments in technology, workforce recruitment and retention, and shared service expansion to support the sector’s recovery. Also read about free training for federal PPP funds, the March 10 deadline for applying for PPP, fingerprinting requirements resume March 15, important tax information regarding Child Care Counts payments, and much more!

Read about fingerprint background check requirements resuming on March 15; Child Care Counts Supplementary Payment Program tax information; change in Youngstar micro-grants and investment in Child Care Strong; updated ECE vaccination information; and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) webinar.

Read about vaccination information for child care providers; apply for PPP loans by March 10; DHS offering Birth to 3 family input sessions; Wisconsin Shares temporary subsidy increase frequently asked questions; Child Care Counts spending deadline and frequently asked questions; and 1099 information from Child Care Counts payments.

Read about the temporary Wisconsin Shares subsidy increase for families with children aged 0-3 and the frequently asked questions; check out the recently revised Public School-Operated Programs Health and Safety Checklist; updates to spending funding from the Child Care Counts Programs; 1099 reminders - have you received yours?; PBS Learning Education event on Feb. 24; and updated face covering requirements.

Read about Child Care Counts payments and spending deadlines, upcoming PBS Learning Education webinar, information about Child Care Counts 1099 reminders, and face covering reminders.

Read about tonight's State of the State address from Gov. Evers, who is committed to improving early care and education.

Read about Gov. Evers' investment in ECE and Child Care Strong; 1099 information for providers who received funds from Child Care Counts; face covering requirements in child care centers; online workshop for after-school and school-age programs; and online AHT prevention training for child care providers.

Learn about Governor Evers' investment in early care and education; updated face covering requirements, resources for supporting multilingual learners; and an upcoming webinar for after-school and school-age programs.

Read about a temporary rate increase for families with children birth through three years old who receive Wisconsin Shares; DCF face covering requirements; 1099s for Child Care Counts funds; and a survey request for programs with children 6-11 years old.

Learn about upcoming child care professional training opportunities and answer an important survey about physical activity and nutrition for Wisconsin Children ages 6-11 years old.

Read the latest information about PPE supplies for child care providers, vaccination updates, face covering requirements, supporting multilingual families, free DAE online training, and continuing education requirements for 2021.

Read about vaccine updates for child care providers, Youngstar updates and DAE training, supporting multilingual families, child care licensing and certification continuing education requirements, and face covering requirements.

Read about vaccination updates for child care providers, face covering requirements extended until March 20, PPE supply updates, child care COVID-19 outbreak guidance, and a webinar for family child care providers interested in the Small Business Administration loan and grant programs.

Read about a webinar for family child care providers interested in Small Business Administration loans and grants; child care COVID-19 outbreak guidance.

Read about vaccination updates for child care providers; child care COVID-19 outbreak guidance; Community Innovation Grant Applications; free face mask posters for child care centers; and Youngstar rating updates.

Read about new PDG grant award, teacher survey, PPE updates for child care providers, free face mask posters for your child care program.

Read about free face mask posters for your program, grants available for new child care businesses in western WI.

Read the reminder about face covering requirements; and resources for families in "child care deserts".