behind great child care is Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

You have a trusted source in providing quality child care–it's DCF.

As a trusted early care and education professional, you strive to give the children of Wisconsin a safe, healthy, and enriched start in life. Whether you are just beginning your career or you are an expert in the field, DCF is here to help. Our goal is to give you the tools and resources to provide safe, healthy, and quality care to children across the state.

Are you a parent or caregiver? Find some great resources on the parents/caregivers webpage.

Understand your options for starting a child care program in Wisconsin.

Now that you’re regulated, learn ways to improve your child care program for the kids that you care for.

Strong Early Care and Education Builds Strong Communities

So much goes into safe and healthy early care and education, and child care providers are at the frontlines. DCF strives to prepare child care providers with all the tools and resources they need to be successful. Here are a few of these resources to get you started:

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Resources for Child Care Providers

Find all the information you need to navigate the world of child care in Wisconsin as a child care provider.

Access Provider Resources

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Strong ECE Flyer

Discover how supporting early care and education benefits everyone, from children and families to entire communities.

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Important Early Care and Education Provider Resources

We know a lot goes into providing great early care and education for Wisconsin's families. The first two resources below will help you stay up-to-date with DCF and the last is a link to programs that will help financially support you and your staff's educational efforts.

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Child Care Provider Updates Listserv

Stay informed and get important updates

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Tuesday Talks with DECE

Join us each month to discuss important topics and programs across the early care and education industry.

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T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD Programs

Explore financial support opportunities that can help you obtain additional education and/or improve your compensation.

Additional Resources

Take advantage of the great resources DCF has just for you: