Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Wisconsin Shares Parent Information

The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program assists families with a portion of child care costs while parents are working or participating in activities that will lead to work and economic self-sufficiency. Such activities include the Wisconsin Works Program (W-2), participation in work experience or job search components of the FoodShare Employment and Training Program (FSET), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or an eligible educational activity combined with employment.

Parents are required to pay the difference between what the child care provider charges for care and what Wisconsin Shares. This is considered the “Parent Share.”

The diagram below shows you some of the basic steps in obtaining an authorization for child care subsidy. Beginning in October 2016, your eligibility period will be 12 months long and during that time you must continue to report changes that affect your eligibility and changes to your child care needs.

Authorization Diagram

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Child Care Providers

Parents have the right to choose their own child care provider, but the provider must be regulated, participating in the YoungStar quality rating and improvement program, and have a contract with our Electronic Balance Transfer (EBT) card vendor.

To find a child care provider, simply use our Child Care Finder link . You can choose to review only YoungStar providers or to search all regulated providers, which includes both those in YoungStar and those that are not.

 

Our Wisconsin Shares Website

You can use the information on our site to Apply for Wisconsin Shares, learn about Understanding your Authorization Notice, or learn about your Rights and Responsibilities as a Wisconsin Shares participant. Visit our Parent Resources page to find even more information about Wisconsin Shares.