Health & Safety Services


The Certification program assists family child care providers (in participating counties) in obtaining and maintaining standards of regulation for the health, safety, and well-being of children in early care. Certification staff also help providers succeed in their business practices by offering technical assistance and support.

Latino Child Care Project

The Latino Child Care Project assists Spanish-speaking individuals in Dane County in becoming certified as well as supporting Spanish-speaking early childhood professionals through technical assistance and professional development.

Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded as part of the National School Lunch Act. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding to help children in school and child care receive nutritious food. In Wisconsin the Food Program is administered by the Department of Public Instruction. CACFP addresses the nutritional needs of young children in family child care through education, program oversight, and financial reimbursement for participating child care professionals in order to ensure that nutritious meals and snacks are provided.