Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) Information for Parents

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MECA Mission

Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) mission is to promote excellence in early childhood care and education in Milwaukee County and to ensure that Milwaukee residents have access to affordable, high-quality child care that enhances children’s development and supports low-income families’ ability to work.

Eligibility and Authorization information specifically for Milwaukee County parents.


Milwaukee County Residents Only

If you live in Milwaukee County, please call our office to apply for Wisconsin Shares: 1-888-947-6583.

Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA)
1220 W. Vliet Street, 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Telephone: 1-888-947-6583

Call Center
Monday-Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. (noon)

Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. (noon)

Temporary Coggs Building Closure

DCF and DHS announce the temporary closure of the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center and the Milwaukee Child Protective Services Bldg. to the public on Tuesday, 3/17/20 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants can apply online. Services are also provided by phone 888-947-6583 or 711 (TTY), Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We are making every effort to ensure that the public is still able to access critical services. For complete details, please read the DCF press release.


MyWIChildCare Resources for Parents

Looking for more information about MyWIChildCare and how to use the Parent Portal? Visit the MyWIChildCare for Parents page for training videos, fact sheets, brochures, tips on using the Parent Portal, and other materials to help you learn to use your MyWIChildCare card.