MECA - Certified Child Care Provider Information

Here's a list of steps you need to complete to become a certified child care provider.


1. Attend Mandatory Classes


  • Call 262.521.5100 to schedule
  • Orientation is held at MECA by appointment – 1220 W. Vliet St., Room 104 Milwaukee, WI 53205

Certification Coursework

  • Introduction to the Child Care Profession (regular) and
  • Fundamentals of Family Care (regular)
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (provisional)
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (provisional)

2. Complete Application and Required Forms

All applications and forms are supplied at orientation. General Certification Forms.

3. Submit Application and Required Forms*

Submit Application and Required Forms, plus $90.75 Non-Refundable Fee, and any FBI fingerprint fees ($32.75 per person) (check or money order).

In person (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) or by mail:
141 NW Barstow Street, Room 104
Waukesha, WI 53188

*If application is missing information or paperwork, it will be returned. Certification only accepts complete applications.

4. Receive Decision by the Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA)

If approved:

  • A Certification Specialist will contact you to set up a home inspection.

If denied:

  • You will receive a letter explaining why the decision was made, along with your appeal rights.


Renewing Your Child Care Certification

  1. Obtain Recertification Packet from MECA Certification
  2. Complete and Submit Application, Required Forms, plus $90.75 Non-Refundable Fee (check or money order)
    Mail your paperwork and fee, or deliver in person (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday).

DCF - Certification
141 NW Barstow Street, Room 104
Waukesha, WI 53188

Final Steps

Once a background check has been completed for every individual age 12 years or older living and working in the child care home, a certification specialist will contact you to set up a home inspection for health and safety compliance.

Learn more about Wisconsin Child Care Certification.

How Do I Contact the Certification Unit?

Below are the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of the Milwaukee County Child Care Certifiers.

Milwaukee County Child Care Certification Staff
Staff Name Phone Number Email Address
Armando Hernandez 262.446.7837
Celeste Burks 262.446.7840
Marlene Johnson 262.446.7848
Tamica Johnson 414.289.5798
Stephanie Pratt 414.289.5835
Maynou Thao 262.446.7838
Fax 262.521.5314  
Laura Utech (Supervisor) 262.446.7839