Pre-Licensing is a free service offered to anyone who is interested in obtaining a family child care license or a group child care license. 4-C provides pre-licensing services in the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk and Walworth.

Getting Started

  • Order an Inquiry Packet from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
  • Once the Inquiry Packet is received, fill out the Business Start-Up Worksheet and mail it to SFTA (Supporting Families Together Association).
  • A Pre-Licensing Technical Consultant will be assigned to you and will offer guidance and support during the pre-licensing process.
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What Type of Support is Available?

Each provider in the pre-licensing process will receive:

  • Extra resources

  • Policy advice and review

  • Assistance with navigating licensing rules
  • Helpful phone calls and emails
  • A site visit which will help prepare for the initial licensing visit

Contact Us

Questions?  We’re here to help!  Fill out the form below or call 608-271-9181 (ext. 7015).