Child Care Subsidy Maximum Rates

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DCF Administrative Code requires that maximum rates are set so that at least 75 percent of group child care center slots in an area may be purchased at or below the maximum rate. Child care providers are surveyed to determine the appropriate maximum rate for each county.

Below is a table that shows the division of the counties/tribes into the four rate zones. Click on each zone for additional rate information. View the zone map.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the counties divided into the urban rate zones?
The counties are grouped together based on the percentage of the population living in urban areas. United States Census reports are used to calculate the percentage.

What if the county maximum rate is less than the provider actual price? 
The parents are responsible to pay the difference between the subsidy amount and the price the provider charges. This is known as the Parent Share.


A (0-24%) B (25-49%) C (50-74%) D (75-100%)
Adams Ashland Calumet Brown
Bayfield Bad River Tribe Douglas Dane
Buffalo Barron Fond du Lac Eau Claire
Burnett Chippewa Jefferson Kenosha
Clark Columbia Manitowoc La Crosse
Florence Crawford Marathon Milwaukee
Forest Dodge Outagamie Oneida Tribe
Iowa Door Ozaukee Racine
Juneau Dunn Portage Rock
Kewaunee Grant Sauk Waukesha
Lac du Flambeau Green Sheboygan Winnebago
La Courte Oreilles Green Lake Walworth  
Lafayette Iron Washington  
Marquette Jackson Wood  
Menominee Langlade    
Oconto Lincoln    
Pepin Marinette    
Polk Monroe    
Price Oneida    
Red Cliff Tribe Pierce    
Sawyer Richland    
Shawano Rusk    
Sokaogon St. Croix    
Stockbridge-Munsee Waupaca