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Affordable Quality Child Care Takes Planning

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Download: Affordable Quality Child Care Takes Planning PDF

Finding quality child care is one thing. Paying for it is another. In Wisconsin, the average annual cost of care for infants is over $10,000. Any way you look at it, that’s a huge expense. So, it’s going to take some planning—or learning what financial help is available. Either way, it’s never too early to get started.

Find care that works with your budget

Before you decide on child care, think about what you can afford. Start by looking at your budget. What’s your monthly income? What are all your monthly expenses? Don’t forget things like gas, groceries, and other stuff. If your budget is looking a little tight, there may be ways to get help.

Find help through DCF

Remember, everyone has the right to high-quality, affordable child care. Unfortunately, for many people in Wisconsin, the costs just don’t add up. The quality care they deserve feels out of reach—but there is help. Wisconsin is working to make child care more affordable for those who need help.

Learn how Head Start is helping improve access to quality child care services for eligible children and families.

Learn how the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program is helping families do more.