Find Quality Child Care with Help from DCF

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Are you looking for quality child care? You’ve come to the right place. DCF is Wisconsin’s most trusted source for finding quality-rated child care. Getting started is easy. We’ll walk you through it step-by-step.

Step 1: Child Care Finder website

Find us on the DCF Child Care Finder website.

Step 2: Enter basic search criteria

Enter your address to find providers in your area. You can adjust the radius size as needed.

Have a provider in mind? Scroll to the Find a Specific Program section. Then, simply enter the provider’s program name.

Step 3: Choose the type of child care

Think about what type of child care best fits your needs. You can choose one or all the following: 

  • Group: A licensed provider who can care for nine or more children. These are usually in a commercial setting. 
  • Family Provider: A licensed or certified provider who can care for four to eight children, which generally takes place in the provider’s home. 
  • Day Camps: Licensed seasonal programs that can care for four or more children above age 3. These are usually in an outdoor setting.
Step 4: Know your YoungStar rating

Time to think about your quality needs and wants. Use the rating guide to get a top-level idea of what the ratings mean. Keep in mind a lot goes into our evaluation—and DCF doesn’t take it lightly. Once you get your results, you can view each provider’s rating and details. You can also see the program’s services and licensing details.

Step 5: Get your results

Time to hit the search button and see your quality child care options.

Step 6: Discover your quality child care options

The results are in! You should see a complete list of providers based on your search criteria. To view the provider’s details, simply click on their name. This should give you all the information you need to get started. You’re on your way to finding the care your child deserves. If your search doesn’t provide a lot of choices, try modifying your search to include more options.

Learn what to ask before you choose. Check out our Take the Next Steps Toward Choosing Quality Child Care guide.