General Wisconsin Child Care Information and Links

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The vision of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is that all children have access to high-quality early care and education. We reinforce that vision with our mission to support low-income working families by sharing the cost of child care and promoting the social well-being of all children and families through safe, high-quality early education experiences.

Are you a family looking for help paying for child care or do you need more information about the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program? Visit the Wisconsin Shares page for more information.

Are you a family looking for information about child care and early education or help finding child care? Visit our YoungStar pages for information on parenting and finding quality child care. Use our Wisconsin Child Care Finder to locate child care near you.

Are you a child care program or provider interested in learning more about Wisconsin Shares or serving children through the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program? Visit our Wisconsin Shares Providers page.

Are you a child care provider interested in improving the quality of care you provide? To learn more about supports offered through the YoungStar program for child care quality rating and improvement, visit our YoungStar page.

Governor Evers Announces $47 Million in COVID-19 Support for Wisconsinites - Program Closed October 28, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, October 5, an additional $47 million investment in COVID-19 support for school-age programs, healthcare navigators, and energy and rental assistance to Wisconsinites across the state. The effort is funded through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and will be infused into existing CRF-funded programs and used for new programs as the pandemic continues to affect Wisconsinites.

$10 million will be directed towards the COVID-19 Out-of-School Support Grant Program, aimed at assisting Wisconsin organizations who are providing care to school-aged kids during the pandemic.

Note: This funding is specific to school-age programs and will be administered by the Department of Administration (DOA); programs that received Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Supplementary Payments in September 2020 are not eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Out-of-School Support Program funding opportunity.

This program closed on October 28, 2020.


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Consumer Statement

When choosing child care, there are many factors to consider including types of care, price, availability, quality of care, and location. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) has numerous resources available to help parents choose the best child care option to fit their family’s needs. Read our complete Consumer Statement.