Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Report Child Care Fraud

If you suspect Child Care Fraud, be a part of the solution. You may remain anonymous. Please fill out the Child Care Fraud Form, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud @wisconsin.gov.

Report a Child Care Concern or Complaint

If you have a concern about something going on in a child care facility or you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, please use the drop-down menu on the Tell Us How We Are Doing page to fill out the appropriate complaint form.

Resources for Providers

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Numerous resources are available for supporting child care providers and programs in caring for children with special needs and disabilities.

If you have concerns or questions about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive) contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837) or Child Find.

Click here for Training, Education and Professional Development Resources


Child Care Supporting Agencies

  • Child Care Resource and Referral
    • Assists families in locating child care to meet their needs. Serves as a resource to potential and existing regulated child care programs.
  • Child Care Information Center
    • A mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone working in the field of child care and early childhood education
  • Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)
    • Provides early childhood professional access to local, statewide, and national membership communities.
  • The Registry
    • Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) - Inclusion
    • Contains webinars, tools for understanding LRE, fact sheets, research, financing strategies, and more. The ECTA Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education services systems.

Services for Children with Disabilities - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Services

Early Intervention (children birth to 3 years of age)

  • Birth to 3
    • The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated program to support families of children with delays or disabilities under the age of three.
  • Birth to 3 Program - Guiding Principles
    • This page outlines the framework for decision-making.
  • Birth to 3 County Contacts
    • Find Birth to 3 Programs in your area
  • Child Find
    • Child Find, a component of the Individuals with disabilities Education act (IDEA) is responsible for identifying children with special needs and disabilities. Find out more information about Child Find on the Wisconsin Early childhood Collaborating Partners website.
  • Services for Children with delays or disabilities in Wisconsin
    • List of programs that provide assistance to families in caring for children at home and in the community.
  • IFSP Background
    • Detailed information on the individualized Education Plan planning process including: referrals, roles and responsibilities, and evaluation procedure.

Special Education Services (children age 3 to 21)

Community Supports

This is not a complete listing. Please check for local community supports and disability agencies in your area.


Articles and Publications


  • Child Care Information Center (CCIC) - State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Department of Children and Families
    • Mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education
  • Your Local Library
    • List of the 17 public library systems in Wisconsin and a map with link to system websites
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    • NAEYC provided resources to support effective teaching and learning for children
  • Division of Early Childhood (DEC)
    • DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8).
  • Zero to 3
    • Nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and how-how to nurture early development.

Disability Specific Information and Resources

  • About Specific Disabilities - Center for Parent Information and Resources
    • This webpage contains fact sheets that define specific disabilities, describes its characteristics, and offers tips for parents and teachers
  • Autism Society of Wisconsin
    • Autism Society of Wisconsin provides information, referrals, family support, advocacy, professional development, resource development, and raised awareness and acceptance.
  • Blind or Visually Impaired Information and Resources - American Foundation for the Blind
    • Videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired
  • American Society for Deaf Children
    • Information for people who must make decisions about deaf children: providers, educators, legislators, and advocates
  • Developmental Disability Programs and Information - Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
    • This webpage provides information on Children's Long-Term Support Waivers, Family Care and Family Care Partnership.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
    • An organization created for individuals and families affected by Down Syndrome to offer assistance, create awareness, and gain acceptance of Down Syndrome throughout our communities.
  • Facts About Developmental Disabilities - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • This webpage provides information on developmental milestones, what do if you have concerns, monitoring, screening and risk factors.
  • Children with Physical Disability - Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
    • This page provides information on Children's Long-Term Support Waivers to support children who are living at home or in the community who have substantial limitations in multiple daily activities as a result of one or more physical disabilities.
  • United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
    • UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP affiliates provide services and support on a community-by-community basis, serving unique needs of people with disabilities in their region.

Family Engagement and Resources

Family Engagement

  • Family Centered Practices
    • Link to ECTA Center on Family Centered Practices, principles, and resources; including examples of guidance promoting use of family-centered principles.
  • Parent, Family, and Community Engagement - Head Start
    • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) resources for parent, family and community engagement: framework, relationship based practices, using data, and family engagement outcomes.
  • Engaging Diverse Families - NAEYC
    • Identifies policies and practices exemplary programs used to engage diverse families successfully.
  • Engaging Families Around Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards - Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners
    • A training curriculum developed to support families understanding of the standards, domains of development and developmentally appropriate practice.

Family Support Resources

Program Assessment tools

  • Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices
    • A 2010 compilation of selected resources and evaluation tools by The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).
  • Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
    • YoungStar page on Environment Rating Scales. ERS are tools that provide an overall picture of the environment that has been created for the children and adults who share an early childhood setting including children with special needs and disabilities.

Tribal Resources

  • Great Lake Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
    • Inter-Tribal Council was established to better develop and implement programs, seek outside assistance, and gain leverage in dealing with federal, state, and local government.
  • GLITC Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs
    • Assists in providing information, professional support, referral, and advocacy to Native American families of children with special needs.
    • A special supplemental nutrition program for low-income and working families. WIC services are offered through the state at tribal clinics.
  • GLITC - Honoring Our Children
    • Project to reduce American Indian infant morbidity and mortality rates, while eliminating perinatal health disparities in Wisconsin.

Multimedia: Videos, Websites and More

Videos and Webinars


National Resources