Start Your Child Care Search

The Referral Department can assist you in locating regulated child care through consultation and referrals from a database of approximately 1,300 child care programs throughout Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson, Sauk, Rock, and Walworth Counties. Our qualified Referral Specialists can answer any questions you may have about finding child care.

The listing generated is considered to be strictly referrals only and not recommendations. It is important for you to spend time checking into the programs to assure it is a quality child care provider. We encourage all parents to check to see if providers have had complaints/concerns against them. As part of your search, you will need to contact these providers to see if they have the exact opening you need.

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Employees of the following companies are eligible for special services (if not please continue below):
Access Community Health Centers
American Girl (Full-time Employees Only)
EconoPrint
Restaino & Associates Realtors

Please contact 4-C at 608-271-9181 and ask for the referral department before completing a referral.

 


 

4-C can assist you in your child care search with one of two options listed below.

1. Contact 4-C for a specialized search of child care options. This option will provide you with the most personalized consultation and results.

  • Phone: 608-271-9181 or 1-800-750-KIDS; Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 4:00 P.M.

Cost:  FREE

Search type used:

  • Type of care (Regulated Centers or Family Child Care Homes)
  • Ages of children
  • Schedule
  • Search by specific address location (i.e. home, work, etc.--not by zip code alone)

Search Results: Unlimited number of referrals matching your search criteria. 

Vacancies: Vacancies are not matched, so it is important to contact providers to check for vacancies.

Provider profiles include:

  • Business Name
  • Provider’s Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Website
  • Regulation Type
  • Ages Served
  • Hours of Operation
  • Environment (i.e. pets on premises)
  • Provider’s training or experience with special needs issues
  • Languages Spoken
  • Program Type offered (such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia)
  • Special Skills (such as additional credentials and accreditations)
  • Certified in infant / child CPR and First Aid
  • Education Level attained
  • Meals Served
  • Provider's Statement 

Note: Information on each program is supplied directly from the child care provider. It is up to you to verify accuracy of the information supplied when you contact each provider. 

2. To complete a self-directed online child care search, please click the search button below.

Cost: Free

Length of time to search: You will have 30 days to use our online referral service. After 30 days, please call 608-271-9181 or 800-750-KIDS (ask for the referral department) to have your account password reset.

Search by:

  • Type of care (Regulated Centers or Family Child Care Homes)
  • Ages of children
  • Schedule
  • Zip code

Search results: Unlimited number of referrals matching your search criteria

Vacancies: Vacancies are not matched, so it is important to contact providers to check for vacancies.

Provider profiles include:

  • Business Name
  • Provider’s Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Website
  • Regulation Type
  • Ages Served
  • Hours of Operation
  • Environment (i.e. pets on premises)
  • Provider’s training or experience with special needs issues
  • Languages Spoken
  • Program Type offered (such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia)
  • Special Skills (such as additional credentials and accreditations)
  • Certified in infant / child CPR and First Aid
  • Education Level attained
  • Meals Served
  • Provider's Statement
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