Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Licensing Rules with Commentary

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Due to the size of this publication, it is made available to download as an entire manual, or in separate parts. The portion of the publication that is numbered and in regular print is the Administrative Code. The portion of the publication that is within boxes and in italicized print is the commentary that was prepared by staff of the Department of Children and Families. The publications are divided according to the sections of the rule and the pages are numbered consecutively. There is a header on each page that contains the rule cite for the portion of the rules beginning on that page.

Family Child Care Centers

Entire Family Child Care Manual

Family Child Care Manual in separate parts

DCF 250 - Preface & Table of Contents

DCF 250.01 - Authority & Purpose

DCF 250.02 - Applicability

DCF 250.03 - Definitions

DCF 250.04 - Operational Requirements

DCF 250.05 - Staffing

DCF 250.06 - Physical Plant & Equipment

DCF 250.07 - Program

DCF 250.08 - Transportation

DCF 250.09 - Additional Requirements for Infant & Toddler Care

DCF 250.095 - Additional Requirements for Licensee Not Providing Care at Least 50% of the Licensed Hours of Center Operation

DCF 250.10 - Additional Requirements for Night Care

DCF 250.11 - Licensing Administration

DCF 250.12 - Complaints, Inspections, and Enforcement Actions

Index

Appendices

J Resources List

DCF Approved Agencies Offering Non-Credit Child Care Courses (DCF-P-5202)

Credit to Hours Conversion - Technical Colleges and Universities

Caregiver Background Checks (CBC) FAQ - Licensed Child Cares

Collaborative Child Care Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential

The Registry Levels

Children with Disabilities - Resources for Providers

It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child... Report Child Abuse and Neglect

Center Medication and Injury Log - Directions for Use English / Hmong / Spanish

Microwave Instructions - Preparing Formula for Infants

Get Medical Help Immediately

Communicable Disease Chart

Exclusion Guidelines for Ill Children in Child Care (this item has been replaced by the Communicable Disease Chart)

Car Safety Seat Information (Car Safety Seat Check-Up)

Common Plants - What's Poisonous

Fact Sheet on Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions for Child Care Centers

OSHA Regulations on Bloodborne Pathogens

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Child Care Settings (DCF-P-5201)

Transportation of Children in 10+ Passenger Vans

Early Years are Learning Years - Time Out for "Time Out"

Managing Crying, Fussing or Distraught Children (information packet)

Group Child Care Centers 

Entire Group Child Care Manual

Group Child Care Manual in separate parts

DCF 251 - Preface & Table of Contents

DCF 251.01 - Authority & Purpose

DCF 251.02 - Applicability

DCF 251.03 - Definitions

DCF 251.04 - Operational Requirements

DCF 251.05 - Staffing

DCF 251.06 - Physical Plant & Equipment

DCF 251.07 - Program

DCF 251.08 - Transportation

DCF 251.09 - Additional Requirements for Infant & Toddler Care

DCF 251.095 - Exceptions & Additional Requirements School-Age Care

DCF 251.10 - Additional Requirements for Night Care

DCF 251.11 - Licensing Administration

DCF 251.12 - Complaints, Inspections, and Enforcement Actions

Index

Appendices

J Resources List

DCF Approved Agencies Offering Non-Credit Child Care Courses (DCF-P-5202)

Credit to Hours Conversion - Technical Colleges and Universities

Caregiver Background Check (CBC) FAQ - Licensed Child Care

Collaborative Child Care Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential

The Registry Career Levels

Together Children Grow - Quality Child Care for Children with Special Needs English / Spanish

It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child

Center Medication and Injury Log - Directions for Use English / Hmong / Spanish

Suggested Procedures for Warming Refrigerated Infant Formula

Get Medical Help Immediately

Communicable Disease Chart

Car Safety Seat Information

Common Plants - What's Poisonous

Fact Sheet on Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions for Child Care Centers

OSHA Regulations on Bloodborne Pathogens

Transportation of Children in 10+ Passenger Vans to and from School

Early Years Are Learning Years - Time Out for "Time Out"

Managing Crying, Fussing or Distraught Children (information packet)

Child Care Weather Watch - Wisconsin

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting in Child Care Centers (DCF-P-5201)

Renovate Right - Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools

Safe Food Storage

Entry Level Courses - Early Childhood Professionals

Entry Level Courses - School-age Professionals

Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers

Day Camps

Entire Day Camp Manual

Day Camp Manual in separate parts

DCF 252 - Preface & Table of Contents

DCF 252.01 - Scope

DCF 252.02 - Authority and Purpose

DCF 252.03 - Included and Excluded Care Arrangements

DCF 252.04 - Definitions

DCF 252.05 - Licensing Administration

DCF 252.06 - Complaints, Inspections and Enforcement Actions

DCF 252.07 - Non-Discrimination, Confidentiality and Reporting Child Abuse

DCF 252.08 - Pets and Other Animals

DCF 252.09 - Transportation

DCF 252.41 - Operational Requirements for Day Camps

DCF 252.42 - Personnel

DCF 252.43 - Base Camp and Facilities

DCF 252.44 - Program

DCF 252.50 - Definition

DCF 252.51 - Compliance with Licensing Standards

Index

Appendices

G Resource List

DCF Approved Agencies Offering Non-Credit Child Care Courses (DCF-P-5202)

Caregiver Background Check (CBC) FAQ - Licensed Child Care

Car Safety Seat Information (Car Safety Seat Check-Up)

Child Care Weather Watch - Wisconsin

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting in Child Care Centers (DCF-P-5201)

Collaborative Child Care Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Common Plants - What's Poisonous

Communicable Disease Chart

Credit to Hours Conversion - Technical Colleges and Universities

Early Years Are Learning Years - Time Out For "Time Out"

Fact Sheet on Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions for Child Care Centers

Get Medical Help Immediately

It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child... Report Child Abuse and Neglect

Managing Crying, Fussing or Distraught Children (information packet)

Center Medication and Injury Log - Directions for Use English / Hmong / Spanish

OSHA Regulations on Bloodborne Pathogens

Renovate Right - Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools

The Registry Career Levels 

Together Children Grow - Quality Child Care for Children with Special Needs English / Spanish

Transportation of Children in 10+ Passenger Vans To and From School

Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential