Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Report Child Care Fraud

If you suspect Child Care Fraud, be a part of the solution. You may remain anonymous. Please fill out the Child Care Fraud Form, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud @wisconsin.gov.

Report a Child Care Concern or Complaint

If you have a concern about something going on in a child care facility or you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, please use the drop-down menu on the Tell Us How We Are Doing page to fill out the appropriate complaint form.

Sign up for YoungStar Updates

Child care providers will receive emails on topics related to YoungStar and child care quality improvement.

Find Your Local YoungStar Office

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

find your local youngstar office

Three young Asian children reading.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.