Licensing and Certification Wisconsin's Licensed Child Care Programs The child care licensing program is a component of the services provided by Department of Children and Families. The program is accountable for the statewide licensure of Wisconsin's child care facilities, including family child care, group child care, and day camps. All YoungStar-rated child care programs must be licensed. Read more about licensed child care programs. Child Care Certification Wisconsin State law (s. 48.651) requires counties/tribes to certify child care providers who receive public funding, but are exempt from the licensing law. DCF decrees rules establishing standards for the certification of child care providers and contracts certification functions to local counties and tribes. DCF Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) administers certification in Milwaukee County. Most counties have made certification available for all family day care providers, whether or not public funding is involved. Learn more about child care certification.