Becoming a Certified Child Care Provider

The first step in the process of becoming a certified child care provider is to attend a Start-Up Meeting. At this meeting you will learn about becoming certified and receive an application packet. Columbia and Walworth County providers are not required to attend the in-person Start-Up Meeting, however must participate in an orientation by phone. Please call Certification at 608-271-9181 to schedule an orientation after which an application packet will be mailed.

This packet will include:

  • Application
  • Background Information Disclosure Forms (BIDs) for yourself, any household member 12 year of age and older, and any substitutes or assistants
  • Landlord Permission Form
  • TB test form
  • W-9 form

Applications will not be processed without all of the forms listed above (filled out completely) and a $75 non-refundable application fee. 4-C will contact you regarding missing paperwork or concerns.

Applicants will be asked to provider three references on their application form. Be sure to talk with the references you provide on your application, so they are expecting a 4-C reference form in the mail and will return it promptly to 4-C.

Applications typically take 30-60 days to process.

4-C will contact you regarding missing paperwork or concerns.

When your application is processed and approved, a Certification Specialist will contact you to schedule a home visit. The initial new visit may take up to two hours, so plan accordingly. If your home is approved for care during the visit you will receive your certificate in the mail. Once you are certified you will need to maintain your home according to certification rules even if you are not caring for children.

You will be visited at least once a year. Visit can be announced or unannounced. Certificates are valid for two years (unless revoked or surrendered), at which time you will need to renew your certification. At renewal there will be a $50 renewal fee.