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Become a Child Care Provider

Become a Child Care Provider

Child care is a dynamic and rewarding career choice and starting your own child care business may be easier than you think! We're here to provide support every step of the way.
  • Choose your own schedule
  • Great income potential
  • Be a respected business owner
  • Benefit from Wisconsin Shares and Food Program funding
  • Share in your children’s milestones
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of children

Quality child care is in great demand and we can help you get started by choosing one of the options below!

Child Care Provider Certification

Child Care Provider Certification

Are you interested in providing child care in your home or in a family’s home? Certification may be a fit for you.

Certification is a type of regulation that allows you to provide care in your own home for a maximum of 6 children, subject to specific ratios. Certification is often the first step in becoming a family child care provider and allows you the benefits and protections that regulated care provides. In certain situations, Certification is also appropriate when care is provided in a family’s home.  While Child Care Certification is available in all Wisconsin counties, our team serves La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Trempealeau, Buffalo and Crawford Counties and can help you determine if Certification is the best fit for your career goals. 

  • Start by contacting us! We’ll schedule a short orientation session to discuss the application process and answer any questions you may have about starting your child care business. 
  • Then we will support you in completing the application materials and requirements including:
    • Application form
    • Background Check Request forms
    • Well water test, if applicable
    • Rabies vaccination documentation for pets
    • Accessing entry-level training courses
Child Care Provider Licensing

Child Care Provider Licensing

The foundation of future development begins during the early childhood years. Research strongly supports the importance of early childhood education as an essential building block of a child’s future success. Being a part of this success can be an incredibly rewarding profession. Many early childhood educators choose this profession to make a difference in a child’s life! Whether you are looking to become an early childhood educator in your home or a childcare center, you will need to begin the Pre-licensing process.

Pre-Licensing is a FREE service for anyone interested in obtaining a family child care license or a group center license. Our Pre-Licensing Consultants prepare you for licensing by meeting to go over the process, step-by-step.  The Pre-Licensing Consultant reviews the policies you have written for your child care, gives feedback to make sure all required components are included and visits your site to make sure your environment is set up and ready for the visit from your licensor.  This consultation is required and helps to ensure success in the licensing process. 

The Parenting Place provides Pre-Licensing consultation in La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Vernon, Crawford and Richland Counties.  Contact us to learn more or begin the process! 

A licensed family provider can care for a maximum of 4 to 8 children, depending on the children’s ages. This care is usually offered inside the child care provider’s home. Children of all ages can be cared for in the same space.

For step-by-step information on the licensing process, please see the information at the link below. 

Procedure to Obtaining an Initial License to Operate a Family Child Care Center, DCF-P-PFS4066 (wisconsin.gov)

Ready to start the process?  Contact us with any questions or fill out the Start-up worksheet below and email or mail it to: info@supportingfamiliestogether.org  OR SFTA, 700 Rayovac Dr, Suite 6, Madison, WI 53711.  Once the worksheet is completed, we will be in contact very soon to help you on your way!

Family-program-start-up-worksheet-FILLABLE.pdf (supportingfamiliestogether.org)

Group child care programs care for 9 or more children. Their maximum size is determined by the space available in the care environment and the number of staff members. This care usually takes place in a commercial building specifically used for child care. Children typically stay in one classroom with the same classmates and teachers and transition to new developmentally appropriate classrooms as they grow older. At all times, staff must maintain staff-to-child ratios and maximum group sizes based on the age of the children.

For step-by-step information on the licensing process, please see the information at the link below. 

Procedure for Obtaining an Initial License to Operate a Group Child Care Center, DCF-P-PFS3066 (wisconsin.gov)

Ready to start the process?  Contact us with any questions or fill out the Start-up worksheet below and email or mail it to: info@supportingfamiliestogether.org  OR SFTA, 700 Rayovac Dr, Suite 6, Madison, WI 53711.  Once the worksheet is completed, we will be in contact very soon to help you on your way!

Group-program-start-up-worksheet-FILLABLE.pdf (supportingfamiliestogether.org)

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

We can provide one-on-one assistance with:
  • Assisting in determining what career path is right for you
  • Navigating the application process
  • Completing the application packet forms
  • Understanding rules and regulation 
  • Locating pre-service training opportunities
  • Creating a developmentally appropriate environment
  • Choosing materials and activities
  • Implementing sound business practices
  • Finding resources to support your program (link to resources page)
  • Finding professional development opportunities (link to trainings)
  • Ongoing technical assistance (Link to supporting programs page)
Resources

Resources

Trainings

Trainings

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Supporting
Programs

Contact Us

Contact Us

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STARTING YOUR OWN CHILD CARE PROGRAM, CALL 608-XXX-XXXX OR COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW.