mother and babyWisconsin Shares Resources for Parents

If you are a parent receiving Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy, or if you would like to receive Wisconsin Shares, use the links below to learn more about our program.




Eligibility Information

To be determined eligible for Wisconsin Shares, you must meet Eligibility Requirements.

Authorization Information

After you are found eligible for Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy, an authorization worker will work with you to assess you child care need and develop an authorization for a subsidy amount for your child care provider. Learn more about Understanding Your Authorization.

Local County and Tribal Agencies

Each county and tribe in Wisconsin has a Wisconsin Shares local agency. Use this map of local agency locations and contact information to find information about your local agency.

YoungStar Information for Parents

YoungStar is Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system. Parents must select licensed or certified child care providers who are participating in YoungStar. To learn about YoungStar, visit the YoungStar for Parents page. View the Give Your Child a Great Start brochure for parents.

Find Child Care

To find a child care provider, simply search the Department of Children & Families Child Care Find 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.

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies help parents to find child care, assess various child care settings, answer child care related questions, etc. Learn more about Child Care Resource and Referral agencies.

MyWIChildCare Resources for Parents

Foster Parents, Kinship Care Relatives, and Interim Caretakers

When we use the term “foster parents,” we also mean relatives that receive Kinship Care and have a court-ordered placement, subsidized guardianships, and Interim Caretakers. Visit our Foster Parent page to learn more about eligibility and authorizations for foster children.

The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Policy Manual

If you would like to reference the complete Wisconsin Shares Child Care Program policy, please visit our Policy Manual page.

Links to Child Care Guides

Child Support Questions

If you have questions about child support, visit our child support web page.

Other Child Care Resources

Visit our extensive list of state and national child care resources.