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Thank you for your interest in family child care certification!

Certification is a type of regulation that allows you to care for children in your own home. Certified providers can care for up to 3 children under the age of 7 who are not related (to the provider) with a maximum group size of 6 children. Group/Size Estimator

Why would I want to become certified?

You would be:

  • Eligible to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program - earn money by serving the children healthy food!
  • Listed in the 4-C Referral Department database
  • Authorized to care for state-funded child care clients through the Wisconsin Shares program
  • Qualified to participate in YoungStar and receive annual grants to put towards your child care
  • Provided with wide variety of resources and technical assistance to help you succeed in the business of family child care
  • Able to enhance your professional image as a child care provider

DCF Certification Regulations – DCF 202 - Rules related to child care certification.

Wisconsin Department of Children & Families Certification website – A wealth of information about Certification including forms, training, contacts and memos from DCF.

If you have questions, please email 4-C at

The Family Child Care Certification Program conducted by 4-C has been contracted to provide certification services in the following counties:  4-C Certification June 2019


















Are you currently a stay at home parent looking for a fulfilling way to increase your household income? Consider becoming a certified family child care provider. 

  • Making the decision to work at home as a child care provider isn’t one you should take lightly. Make sure you think about how working in-home will affect your life.
  • Caring for other people’s children in your home may add to your enjoyment and fulfillment of life, as well as your household income.
  • Consider Finances – The decision to stay at home is often a decision based on finances. If you’re already at home, consider how this extra income can help support your family’s finances. Providing quality child care for other families may be a special talent or passion you can use to generate additional income.
  • Have you asked yourself these questions lately? 
    • Would I like to be my own boss?
    • Would I like to increase my family’s income?
    • Would I like to set my own work hours around the needs of my family?
  • Can you provider a nurturing, loving, and safe environment for children to develop and thrive?
  • If you would like to learn more about caring for children in your home, consider attending a free Certification Start-Up meeting at 4-C. At this orientation you will learn more about the application process, preparing your home for certified care and other important aspects of operating a family child care business. Certification applications are distributed at the end of the orientation.
  • After you’ve gathered as much information as possible, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that is right for you and your family.
  • If staying home is your goal, find a way to make it work. It is a decision you will probably never regret. It’s a great gift to give not only you and your family but also the children you care for as well.

mywichildcare logo tagline webOn February 1, 2017 a new payment program is beginning for family child care providers or child care centers who are eligible to receive Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Payments. The new program involves a child care subsidy electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. This new system is called "My WI ChildCare."

Trainings are being held for both child care providers and families to learn more about this new system.  Please contact your county or refer to upcoming 4-C trainings for additional information

Rose Certification Administrative Assistant 608-271-9181 ext 7019 Answers general certification phone calls and questins and processes all Certification Applications.