Becoming a Certified Child Care Provider

Where to Begin

The first step is to complete a short orientation either online or in person.


In-person orientations are listed below. Certification Orientations are for adults only; please do not bring children.


2020 Certification Orientation In-Person Meeting Schedule

February 11
4-C, 5 Odana Court, Madison, WI

May 12
4-C, 5 Odana Court, Madison, WI

August 11
4-C, 5 Odana Court, Madison, WI

November 10
4-C, 5 Odana Court, Madison, WI

During this orientation, you will learn more about the application process, how to prepare your home and other important aspects of operating a family child care business. Once you have completed the orientation, you will receive an application packet.

Preservice Training Requirements

Certified providers must complete pre-service child care training including:

  • Introduction to the Child Care Profession
  • Fundamentals of Family Child Care
  • Infant/Child CPR
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Training (only if it wasn’t covered during the Introduction to the Child Care Profession) – You may complete this online or print out this brochure; read, sign and date it; and put it in your file.

Take courses at agencies listed here.

Application Process

You must submit the following documentation to 4-C to apply for certification:

  • Completed application
  • Background Check Request forms for everyone 10 and older residing in the home as well as substitutes, assistants and volunteers
  • A well-water test (if applicable)
  • TB test document (must be administered in the past 12 months)
  • W-9 tax form
  • Documentation of preservice training

Once all paperwork has been submitted, 4-C will begin processing your application.