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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

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A staff member from our Certification department will contact you soon to share information regarding the online certification orientation process.


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


















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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