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Child Care Counts Payment
Program Overview

Important Program Dates

All rounds and dates for the Child Care Counts Payment Program are listed in the chart below. 

Detailed payment information for each round of Child Care Counts can be viewed on the Payments Data webpage.

View the Child Care Counts home page

 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Emergency Payment Program

Period 1

Payment Program 1 - Funding to Care for Essential Workforce Families
Payment Program 2 - Incentive Pay
Payment Program 3 - Support for Temporarily Closed Programs
Funding Source Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period Spending
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
05/18/2020 – 05/29/2020 03/12/2020 –
04/11/2020
12/31/2021 03/01/2020 –
12/31/2021
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Emergency Payment Program
Period 2

Payment Program 1 - Funding to Care for Essential Workforce Families
Payment Program 2 - Incentive Pay
Payment Program 3 - Support for Temporarily Closed Programs
Funding Source Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period Spending
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
06/08/2020 – 06/19/2020 04/12/2020 –
05/11/2020
12/31/2021 03/01/2020 –
12/31/2021
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Emergency Payment Program
Period 3

Payment Program 1 - Funding to Care for Essential Workforce Families
Payment Program 2 - Incentive Pay
Payment Program 3 - Support for Temporarily Closed Programs
Funding Source Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period Spending
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
06/29/2020 – 07/10/2020 05/12/2020 –
05/26/2020
12/31/2021 03/01/2020 –
12/31/2021
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Supplementary Payment Program**
Fall 2020

Payment Program A: Providing Safe, Healthy, High-Quality Child Care Opportunities
Payment Program B: Funding Staff Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Funding Source Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Coronavirus Relief Fund, CFDA#21.019
Application Period Funding Period Spending
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
09/09/2020 –09/18/2020  08/30/2020 –
09/05/2020
06/30/2021 03/01/2020 –
06/30/2021
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Supplementary Payment Program**
Fall 2020 Round 2

Payment Program A: Providing Safe, Health, and High-Quality Child Care Opportunities
Payment Program B: Funding Staff Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Funding Source Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Coronavirus Relief Fund, CFDA#21.019
Application Period Funding Period Spending 
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
10/26/2020 – 11/06/2020  10/11/2020 –
10/17/2020
06/30/2021 03/01/2020 –
06/30/2021
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Response & Relief Program
Spring 2021

Payment Program A: Providing Safe, Health, and High-Quality Child Care Opportunities
Payment Program B: Funding Staff Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Funding Source Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA); Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period Spending
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
04/19/2021 – 04/30/2021 03/07/2021 – 03/13/2021 04/01/2022 01/01/2021 –
04/01/2022
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Response and Relief Payment Program
June 2021

Payment Program A: Providing Safe, Health, and High-Quality Child Care Opportunities
Payment Program B: Funding Staff Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Funding Source Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA); Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period Spending 
Deadline
Costs Incurred*
06/01/2021 – 06/11/2021 05/09/2021 – 05/15/2021 04/01/2022 01/01/2021 –
04/01/2022
 

Child Care Counts: COVID-19
Stabilization Program Round 1

Payment Program A: Increasing Access to High-Quality Child Care
Payment Program B: Funding Workforce Recruitment and Retention
Funding Source American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA); Child Care and Development Block Grant; CFDA#93.575
Application Period Funding Period*** Spending Deadline Costs Incurred*
Initial application: 11/08/2021 – 11/29/2021; then each month for one week thereafter (see Child Care Counts Calendar) Initial Count Week: 10/24/2021 – 11/06/2021; then specific to each subsequent month Within 120 days of the date of the Payment Letter for the given month 3/12/2020 – 120 days of the date of the Payment Letter for the given month

 

*Costs Incurred: Funds must be spent within the spending timeframe, on costs incurred during the dates indicated in the table above. Providers may look back at expenses during that time frame to identify when Child Care Counts funds can be used.

Note: Expenses cannot have already been funded by a prior DCF program or reimbursed by another state or federal fund source.

**Supplementary Payments from Fall 2020 and Fall 2020 Round 2 were excluded from Wisconsin Income Tax

***Stabilization Payment Funding Period is referred to as the “Count Week,” and is specific to each month. The Count Week time frame is displayed as the Funding Period on the Payments Data webpage. See Update Week section of Frequently Asked Questions for dates of all Count Weeks.