Tools for Families

Budgeting Your Child Care Options

Child Care is a significant expense in a family's budget. These resources from Child Care Aware of America are available to help you as you're budgeting for child care costs: https://www.childcareaware.org/budgeting-child-care/


Need Help Paying For Child Care?

WI SHARES Provides financial child care assistance to low-income parents who are working or preparing to enter the workforce. Click here for more information:  https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wishares/apply

Click here to apply for child care assistance online:  https://access.wisconsin.gov/

Click HERE for a listing of Economic Support Agencies: All Counties  


Your Child Care- Is it Legal? 

No person shall for compensation provide care and supervision for four (4) or more children under the age of seven (7) for less than 24 hours a day unless he obtains a license to operate a day care center from the WI Department of Children and Families.  THE LAW APPLIES WHEN...There are four (4) or more children at any one time under the age of seven (7) Care is outside of the child’s own home. The caregiver is a non-relative/non-guardian by state definition. The child care is for compensation. The parents are off the premises. The child care is less than 24 hours per day.


Alex the Bear Goes to Child Care

Going to child care for the first time or entering a new child care setting can be a daunting experience for both children and parents. Alex the Bear seeks to make the transition exciting, enjoyable and a lot more fun! Join Alex as he prepares for his first adventure in child care.



Child Care Aware of America and local CCR&R agencies are working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through the fee assistance program, families are eligible to receive a monthly subsidy to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. For information, call CCR&R at 920-886-1211 or visit the section of the CCAoA website designed with resources especially for military families here:  


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