Wisconsin Shares Rate Increase

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Información en español

Effective January 1, 2022, many families will see an increase in the monthly Wisconsin Shares subsidy amount on their MyWIChildCare EBT card. This increase will be reflected in benefits issued after January 1, 2022.

If you have questions about the amount of funding on your EBT card, please contact your local agency. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below for parents, child care providers, and agency workers.

See the DCF press release for additional information. 

What is changing with WI Shares Rates? 

The maximum rates that are used to determine monthly subsidy benefit amounts are increasing. To learn more about how maximum rates are determined, please visit the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 page.

FAQs for Parents

As a parent, how does this impact me?

You may see an increase in your subsidy benefit which may reduce your out-of-pocket cost for child care. For more information about how maximum rates relate to your out-of-pocket cost, please visit the Calculating Your Out-Of-Pocket Cost Using the Wisconsin Shares Maximum Rates Chart page.

What if my child care provider does not charge me as much as this increase?

If the child care provider’s price is lower than then new maximum rate, you will not see an increase in your monthly subsidy benefit.

FAQs for Providers

I am a 2-Star provider, will the 1% reduction be removed?

Parents will no longer have 1% removed from their subsidy benefit due to using a 2-Star provider.

How does this impact providers?

Parents may receive additional funds due to the rate increase which they will then pay to their child care provider. The increase will support child care providers to remain in business and continue to provide quality child care.