Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities




Department of Children and Families’ public benefit programs will continue during the partial federal government shutdown. Read the full announcement here.

Free Materials for Child Care Providers

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Resource Materials for Licensed Child Care Providers

  • Guidelines for new providers, each a few pages in length
  • Some related to family child care, some to group center care, most to both
  • Developed by Child Care Licensing Specialists, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies in Madison and Milwaukee, other state agencies
  • Single print copies available to any Wisconsin child care provider or educator  ̶  and multiple copies of brochures for parents


Resource Materials for Certified Family Child Care Providers

  • Brochures and articles on child development, positive guidance, health and safety, activities that support children's physical, mental, social and emotional development, and family child care business practices
  • Selected especially for certified family child care providers
  • Certification agencies may print these materials and order other DCF certification publications and forms through DOA 


Free Materials from Other Wisconsin State Agencies

  • Additional resources written by other state agencies
  • Order from the specific state agency identified or download from their website


CCIC Newsletter

  • Each issue describes selected resources on a topic of interest to providers:
    • Articles from early childhood and afterschool magazines to download or order
    • Books and DVDs to borrow from CCIC
    • Web resources on that newsletter’s topic


Articles from Child Care Magazines

  • Read some of our favorite early childhood and afterschool articles
  • Browse to find useful ideas and good advice