Child care information for providers and educators

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How will CARES Act funding be distributed and do I qualify?

The department opened the Child Care Counts: COOVID-19 Emergency Payment Program for providers on May 18. Find out more about how to apply and if you qualify using the department's website.

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What is being asked of me?

Please update your information in Provider Portal as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) needs to know whether your center is open or closed, and for providers that are open, the number of slots you have open and the ages of kids that can be served. Staff will be calling you to verify this information. Accurate information from you helps us find child care for essential workers and keeps them serving our communities. The Provider Portal now allows you to enter all of this information and more.

How can individual child care workers help?

If you are a child care teacher or a K-12 educator willing to help serve this population, please visit the iChildCare Portal to submit your information. DCF, along with our partners at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association and the Child Care Resource and Referral agencies will be contacting you to connect you with existing child centers needing staff, families who are seeking in-home child care, and to assist with staffing new emergency child care centers.

What guidance are you giving providers continuing to operate?

We recognize this is a challenging time for the early care and education community. The department has produced a series of guidance documents and templates for providers. Those include: