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Links to Wisconsin Organizations

The following Wisconsin organizations are key sources of child care information and leadership.  The comprehensive Wisconsin Early Childhood Care and Education Resource Listing on the Department of Children and Families website connects you to many more state and national organizations.

 

Birth to 3

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street, PO Box 7851
Madison WI 53707-7851
608-267-3270
Website: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/children/birthto3/

Birth to 3 is Wisconsin's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. A federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides a framework for a comprehensive program and coordinates developmental, health and social services within a community. The Department of Health Services oversees the Birth to 3 Program in Wisconsin. The Birth to 3 Program is for children ages birth to 36 months. Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or significant delay in one or more areas of development. The team will evaluate the child's ability to: learn (cognitive development); move, see and hear (physical/motor development); communicate and understand other's communication (speech and language development); respond to and relate with others (social and emotional development); and eat, dress and care for daily living needs (adaptive development). A Birth to 3 service coordinator helps the family understand and participate in the evaluation process.

 

Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) - Milwaukee Affiliate

Yvonne McCaskill
414-445-0284
Email: ymccaskill@wi.rr.com
Website (National BCDI): www.nbcdi.org

The mission of the Black Child Development Institute is to improve and protect the quality of life of African American children and families.

 

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

125 S Webster Street, PO Box 7841
Madison WI 53707-7841
608-267-9129
Website: fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_cacfp1

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Wisconsin. The CACFP promotes healthy and nutritious meals for children in day care by reimbursing participating day care operators for their meal costs. In addition to day care, the CACFP also provides funding for meals served to children and youths residing in homeless shelters, and for snacks provided to youths participating in eligible after school care programs. A fact sheet on the CACFP program is available at: http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_cacfpfs.

 

Child Care Certification

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Care Regulation
201 East Washington Avenue
PO Box 8916
Madison WI 53708-8916
608-267-2079 or contact local certifying agency: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/certification/pdf/certifiers.pdf
Fax: 608-267-7252
Website: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/certification

A child care provider who cares for 3 or fewer children under the age of 7 years who are unrelated to the provider may voluntarily become certified. Although the Department of Children and Families promulgates child care certification rules (DCF 202), counties/tribes administer the certification program locally. State law (48.651 State Statute) requires counties and tribes to certify family child care providers and school-age programs that receive public funding if the provider/program is not licensed by the Department of Children and Families or operated by a public school district. The counties/tribes may make certification available to all family child care providers, whether or not public funding is involved.

There are 72 counties and 8 tribes throughout Wisconsin that administer the certification program, monitor certified providers/programs for compliance with certification rules, and investigate complaints. Certifying agencies maintain certification records including complaint and compliance history. Information on a provider's complaint and compliance history is available by contacting the local certifying agency or on the DCF Regulated Child Care and YoungStar Public Search website.

If you are interested in starting a certified family child care or certified school-age program, call the certifying agency for your county/tribe to obtain more detailed information: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/certification/pdf/certifiers.pdf.

 

Child Care Information Center (CCIC)

2109 South Stoughton Road
Madison WI 53716
608-224-5388 or 1-800-362-7353
Fax: 608-224-6178
Email: ccic@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://ccic.wi.gov

CCIC is a mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education. CCIC offers educators statewide free written materials, help in planning individualized and group trainings, and loan of books and videos from a specialized collection in the Department of Public Instruction's Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning. Staff will search out information as requested and mail it out in customized packets. CCIC has materials on numerous topics including: 1) child care, early childhood, and school-age care; 2) early childhood curriculum and assessment; 3) health and safety; 4) Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (books, posters, bookmarks, and training materials); 5) multi-cultural awareness; 6) inclusion of children with disabilities in child care programs; 7) brochures and other information providers need to meet regulatory requirements; and 8) materials in Spanish and Hmong.

 

Child Care Licensing

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Care Regulation
201 East Washington Avenue, Room 200
PO Box 8916
Madison WI 53708-8916
608-266-9314
Fax: 608-267-7252
Website: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/licensed

Child care programs that provide care for 4 or more children under age 7 who are unrelated to the provider are required to be licensed. There are 5 regional and 3 district offices around the state that issue licenses, monitor programs for compliance with the licensing rules, and investigate complaints. Information on a center's complaint and compliance history is available by phone, mail, or in-person review, or by using Wisconsin's Regulated Child Care and YoungStar Public Search on the DCF website. Packets that provide information on how to become licensed are available for $25 from the Northern Regional Office, 2187 N Stevens Street, Suite C, Rhinelander WI 54501.

 

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies

c/o Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711
Phone: 608-443-2490 or 1-888-713-KIDS
Fax: 608-441-5399
Email: info@supportingfamiliestogether.org 
Website: http://supportingfamiliestogether.org/child-care-resource-referral-agencies

Wisconsin’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies work within eight regions of the state, serving all 72 counties and 11 tribes to ensure that Wisconsin’s youngest children have high quality early childhood experiences. CCR&Rs have something to offer everyone: families looking for care or supports, early care and education providers in need of professional development opportunities or communities looking for information, data or solutions.

  • For Families: educating families, as consumers of child care, so that they can make the most informed choice that is best for their family, providing a list of referred providers based on their needs and priorities, and connecting them with other community resources or supports so that they are prepared to be successful in raising their family.
  • For Early Care and Education Professionals: delivering high quality training on a range of content areas from developmentally appropriate practices to Strengthening Families, providing customized technical consultation to potential and current early care and education providers through programs like Licensing Preparation, Active Early & YoungStar, and collecting and annually updating business information to maximize referrals to their programs. 
  • For Communities: educating stakeholders about what quality early care and education is and how to support it in communities, compiling data and producing reports regarding the local child care industry and convening stakeholders to advocate for the best possible outcomes for Wisconsin’s youngest children.

 

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCN)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health
608-266-8178
Fax: 608-267-3824
Website: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/children/

The Wisconsin CYSHCN Program philosophy and principles are that children are best served within their families.

  • Children and families are best supported within the context of their community.
  • Families will have convenient access to care coordinators.
  • Collaboration is the best way to provide comprehensive services.
  • Family perspectives and presence must be included in all aspects of the system.

The Wisconsin CYSHCN Program directs projects and programs, provides leadership and technical assistance to support the efforts of agencies, provides education and training opportunities for staff and service providers and coordinates a statewide system of nutrition services. The CYSHCN Program provides grants to promote care for Wisconsin children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

 

Children's Trust Fund

110 E Main Street, Suite 810
Madison WI 53703
608-266-6871 or 1-866-640-3936
Fax: 608-266-3792
Email: ctfchildrenstrustfund@wisconsin.gov
Website: http://wichildrenstrustfund.org

The mission of the Children's Trust Fund is to advocate, support, and sustain a statewide culture that encourages family and community life in which children will develop and flourish in a safe environment free from all forms of abuse and neglect. The CTF encourages the development of diverse approaches to meet local needs for parent education and support. The CTF provides family resource centers with best practice information and tools for collecting uniform data and outcome-based evaluation strategies to measure the effectiveness of prevention programs.

 

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

600 North Park Street, Room 4290
Madison WI 53706
608-263-3720
Fax: 608-262-4933
Email: ccbcinfo@education.wisc.edu
Website: www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for adults with an interest in children's and young adult literature.

 

Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA)

Website: http://www.cesawi.org

CESA agencies provide leadership and coordination of services for school districts, including curriculum development assistance; school district management development; coordination of vocational education; exceptional education, research, special student classes; human growth and development; data collection processing and dissemination; and in-service programs. CESA agencies work in partnership with school districts to provide leadership and to help facilitate change and continuous improvement in schools so that all children will achieve educational excellence. Twelve agencies across Wisconsin provide statewide service delivery.

 

Family Resource Centers (FRCs)

c/o Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711
Phone: 608-443-2490 or 1-888-713-KIDS
Fax: 608-441-5399
Email: info@supportingfamiliestogether.org
Website: http://supportingfamiliestogether.org/family-resource-centers

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) provide services and support systems that emphasize and build on family strengths. Each Family Resource Center is unique, but there are commonalities across programs. FRCs primarily focus on parents or primary caregivers and their children from prenatal through early childhood, and offer a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of each family and community. Each center aims to help parents and families develop additional positive parenting skills, and even grand-parenting skills. The specific services each center offers may be located at the center, in homes or at other locations in the community. In Wisconsin, FRCs may provide a combination of any of these core services and more:

· Group services: delivering parent education courses, workshops, support groups, drop-in programs, respite care, and play groups.

· Individual services: providing families with personal consultations and support through services such as telephone “warm-lines” for non-emergency parenting information, home visits, supervised visitation or safe exchange programs.

· Outreach and family visiting services: reaching out to parents and families in their homes or in other community-based locations convenient for families. This might be through collaborations with birthing hospitals to connect with new families, through community response to ensure families have support in times of need or through universal services such as car seat checks.

· Community resource and referral and follow-up services: offering a reliable link to public and private agencies and providing strong family advocacy within local communities. Families can receive referrals to other community programs, public benefits, and assistance with transportation.

 

Great Start: Early Learning Matters

Early Learning Coalition
555 W Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-284-0580
Fax: 608-284-0583
Website: www.greatstartwi.org
 

Great Start: Early Learning Matters is a statewide campaign of the Early Learning Coalition. Its purpose is to promote public policies and public investments that make high quality early care and education a top priority in Wisconsin.

 

"Grow in Quality" Project

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Childhood Education
201 E Washington Avenue, PO Box 8916
Madison WI 53708-8916
608-266-7001
Fax: 608-261-6968
Website: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/growinquality
 

The "Grow in Quality" pilot project was initiated by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to build a foundation for an evidence-based child care Quality Rating System. The project developed assessment tools for measuring key indicators of child care quality, began the process of designing technical assistance specific to those quality indicators, and demonstrated that child care quality improves following targeted technical assistance.

 

Professional Development Approval System (PDAS)

The Registry
5900 Monona Drive, Suite 205
Madison WI 53716
608-222-1123
E-mail: registry@the-registry.org
Website: https://www.the-registry.org/PDAS/Overview.aspx

The Registry’s Professional Development Approval System (PDAS) of approved trainings and approved trainers and consultants recognizes individuals who are providing training or consultations to the child care workforce and other direct care practitioners.  PDAS allows early care practitioners to have a clearer understanding of what level of training is available.  It ensures accountability for those providing content-based training. The approval process for trainers and technical assistance providers includes verification of education, experience, and competencies in the delivery areas.  The Registry maintains a directory of trainers and consultants at: 
https://www.the-registry.org/myregistry

 

Professional Development Counseling Service

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)
744 Williamson Street, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-240-9880 or 1-800-783-9322 option 3
Email: professionaldevelopment@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
Website: http://www.wisconsinearlychildhood.org/programs/youngstar/PDcounseling

This one-to-one service provided by WECA staff members is tailored to the needs of each person and is relevant to all individuals, from those just beginning in the ECE field to seasoned professionals. The service includes goal-setting based on an individual’s interests, needs, and learning style. It also provides up-to-date information on higher education opportunities, the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program, training and workshop opportunities in one’s area, and information about resources to help individuals on their professional journey.

 

The Registry

5900 Monona Drive, Suite 205
Madison WI 53716
608-222-1123
Fax: 608-222-9779
Email: registry@the-registry.org
Website: www.the-registry.org
 

The Registry is a career level system which awards a certificate verifying that an individual has met all State of Wisconsin, Department of Children and Families entry level training and is qualified for the position that s/he holds. Additional credit based training is categorized by core knowledge areas as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Registry encourages professional development by defining set goals and recognizes the attainment of those goals by individuals. The Registry has developed highly specialized professional credentials and awards completion of the credential to those individuals who have met all prescribed goals. Resource and support materials related to the Registry services are available at: http://the-registry.org/ResourceCenter.aspx

The Registry Credentials

Website: http://www.the-registry.org/Credentials.aspx

The seven Credentials awarded by The Registry are: Administrator, Afterschool & Youth Development, Family Child Care, Inclusion, Infant/Toddler, Leadership, Preschool, and Program Development. Each Credential is earned by taking a sequence of 4 to 6 specific, credit-based, college courses developed by The Registry and teams of experts to meet the unique professional needs of childhood care and education practitioners. Each Credential includes a Capstone Course to implement knowledge gained, culminates in the development of a portfolio or project, and has a commission process. Those awarded the 12-credit Afterschool and Youth Development, Family Child Care, Inclusion, Infant/Toddler, Leadership, or Program Development Credential are at Level 9 on The Registry Career Levels; those awarded the 18-credit Administrator or Preschool Credential are at Level 10. The Registry Career Levels can be found at: 
http://the-registry.org/Membership/CareerLevels.aspx

The Registry Program Profile - YoungStar

Website: http://www.the-registry.org/ProgramProfile/YoungStar.aspx

The Registry Program Profile for YoungStar collects details pertaining to the educational qualifications of staff and the assignment of staff to YoungStar-relevant positions. All education and training related quality indicators within YoungStar are verified by The Registry and taken directly from a program’s Registry Program Profile. Programs that would like the education and training of their staff to be reflected in their YoungStar rating MUST complete the YoungStar section of the Registry Program Profile. Without Program Profiles, programs that go through a YoungStar Technical or Formal Rating cannot earn more than 2 Stars.  Items that directly factor into a YoungStar rating include: Director of Record or Licensee; Classroom Description  (this refers to all physical classrooms; in most cases, family child care homes will only have one classroom); YoungStar Lead Teacher for each classroom (an individual may be a YoungStar Lead Teacher in only one classroom including classrooms in other programs; in most cases, family child care homes will list the Licensee as the YoungStar Lead Teacher).

 

REWARD - Rewarding Education with Wages And Respect for Dedication

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)
744 Williamson Street, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-240-9880 or 1-800-783-9322
Fax: 608-663-1091
Email: reward@wisconsinearlychildhood.org 
Website: http://wisconsinearlychildhood.org/programs/reward 

The REWARD ™ WISCONSIN Stipend Program is a compensation and retention initiative for members of the early care and education workforce. Incremental yearly salary supplements are awarded to individuals based on their educational attainments and longevity in the field. This program hopes to encourage increased education and retention through increased compensation.

 

Statewide Training Calendar

The Registry
5900 Monona Drive, Suite 205
Madison WI 53716
608-222-1123
E-mail: registry@the-registry.org
Website: https://www.the-registry.org/myregistry

The Registry maintains a statewide, profession-wide, free, web-based interactive training calendar for anyone in the field of child care and education in Wisconsin. Those looking for trainings to attend may search the calendar by location, date, or subject, and search for classes required by Licensing Rules, Registry Credential credit-based courses, YoungStar training, and conferences.  Calendar users can create a training "shopping cart" by selecting only those events in which they are interested. Agencies offering training are encouraged to register as sponsors and post their event information directly on the calendar.

 

Strengthening Families

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Website: www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families
 

Strengthening Families is a proven, cost-effective strategy to prevent child abuse and neglect. The strategy involves early childhood centers working with families to build protective factors around children. The effort is focused on supporting child care providers to strengthen families and help prevent abuse and neglect through their daily contact with parents and children.

 

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)

700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711
Phone: 608-443-2490 or 1-888-713-KIDS
Fax: 608-441-5399
Email: info@supportingfamiliestogether.org
Website: www.supportingfamiliestogether.org

Supporting Families Together Association envisions an environment in which all children have the opportunity to reach their highest potentials and all adults understand their roles and responsibilities to children. To make this happen, SFTA supports and sustains an effective network of family support and early care and education systems through statewide membership of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Family Resource Centers, and other organizations and individuals committed to early childhood. SFTA focuses efforts on four early childhood priorities:

  • Quality Early Care and Education: SFTA is committed to working with our community-based organizations to advocate, educate and build Wisconsin’s capacity to deliver high-quality early care and education experiences to all of Wisconsin’s children. This is supported through programming like YoungStar, Training & Technical Assistance and Child Care Resource & Referral Services.
  • Strong Families: SFTA provides concrete support to families in a strengths-based and evidence-informed manner in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. This is supported through child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and training, including Strengthening Families, Stewards of Children and SFTA’s Annual Small Change Makes a Big Difference Campaign.
  • Healthy Children: SFTA is actively engaged in a broad range of health promotion efforts that are designed to create better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin’s children. This is supported through efforts to promote The Pyramid Model of Social Emotional Competence and obesity prevention initiatives like Active Early.
  • Responsive Systems: SFTA builds systems and supports to early childhood that result in opportunities for all children to reach their highest potential. This is integrated into all programming at SFTA, including the radio program, Apoyando Familias Aprendiendo Juntos and intentional supports for Wisconsin’s 11 Tribes.

 

T.E.A.C.H. - Teacher Education And Compensation Helps

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)
744 Williamson Street, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-240-9880 or 1-800-783-9322
Fax: 608-663-1091
Email: teach@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
Website: http://wisconsinearlychildhood.org/programs/teach 
 

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN is a statewide scholarship program designed to help child care center teaching staff, Head Start teachers, family child care providers, center directors and administrators meet their professional development goals while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. T.E.A.C.H. links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early education. Currently there are six scholarship models available to support credit-based education. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN is the scholarship program that pays for expenses related to the completion of an educational path. T.E.A.C.H. also provides career, academic and/or personal counseling services to recipients as needed.

 

UMOS Migrant Daycare

300 South Koeller Street, Suite E
Oshkosh WI 54902
920-232-9611
Fax: 920-232-8129
Website: http://www.umos.org/childhood/index.html
 

UMOS services enhance the overall development of children from migrant, transitional, and seasonal families through the consolidation and allocation of administration and social service migrant daycare funds. The overall goal of the UMOS Migrant Daycare Program is to collaboratively provide quality educational and supportive services to eligible migratory children, addressing their special needs and empowering them to achieve to high standards. UMOS currently provides services to migrant children in the following Wisconsin counties: Adams, Barron, Brown, Buffalo, Columbia, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jackson, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Polk, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood.

 

VSA arts of Wisconsin (Very Special Arts) Early Childhood Program

Alexis London
4785 Hayes Road, Suite 201
Madison WI 53704
608-241-2131
Fax: 608-241-1982
Email: vsawis@vsawis.org
Website: http://www.vsawis.org/programs/artist_residencies/early_childhood/

The mission of VSA arts is to expand the capabilities, confidence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing programs in the fine arts. The Early Childhood Program, which serves children from birth to age 6, provides arts training to educators at early childhood sites across the state, particularly in classrooms that have children with disabilities or serve a high at-risk population.

 

Waisman Center

1500 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53705-2280
608-263-5776
TDD: 608-263-0802
Fax: 608-263-0529
Website: http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/cedd/early.php

One of 14 national centers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development and developmental disabilities through research and practice. The Waisman Center shares its resources in many ways: through public lectures and seminars; through consultation to physicians, educators, and other professionals; through an Internet web site and resource center specializing in topics related to developmental disabilities; and through articles in professional journals, books, and other publications. Birth to Three training and technical assistance is available at: http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/birthto3/.

 

Wisconsin AfterSchool Association

Rae Williams-DiMilo, President
PO Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413
414-229-5384
Fax: 414-229-3623
Email: rwdimilo@uwm.edu
Website: www.waaweb.org
 

The National AfterSchool Association's mission is to be the leading voice of the after-school profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Wisconsin AfterSchool Association is the state affiliate of the national organization. The Wisconsin AfterSchool Association hosts a statewide conference, administers the Wisconsin School-Age Credential, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and supports public policy development at state and national levels.

 

Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH)

133 S Butler Street, Suite 340
Madison WI 53703-5606
608-442-0360
Website: www.wiaimh.org
 

WI-AIMH is focused on promoting healthy social and emotional development of all Wisconsin children birth through age five. Recent efforts have focused on the development of a blueprint for a comprehensive system of care that includes prevention, early intervention, and treatment. The goal of the initiative is to weave infant and early childhood principles into the fabric of all systems that touch the life of children under age five. The developing infant and early childhood system of care in Wisconsin includes the critical components of public awareness, training, service delivery, and policy.

 

Wisconsin Child Care Administrators' Association (WCCAA)

c/o Mid-WI CCR&R
23 Park Ridge Drive, Suite 11
Stevens Point WI 54481
1-800-930-KIDS (5437)
Email: wccaa@hotmail.com
Website: www.wccaa.org
 

WCCAA was formed to help child care administrators in Wisconsin network with each other, to spread the news about issues affecting them, to take joint action on advocacy issues, to help administrators find out about classes and training specifically designed to meet their needs.

 

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF)

555 West Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703-2615
608-284-0580
Fax: 608-284-0583
Email: Barbara Zuccarello bzuccarello@wccf.org
Website: www.wccf.org
 

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-issue child and family advocacy agency. The Council's mission is to promote the well-being of children and families in Wisconsin by advocating for effective and efficient health, education, and human service delivery systems. WCCF accomplishes this through educational conferences; on-going projects like W-2 Watch (Wisconsin's Welfare Reform), Wisconsin Budget Project, and Great Beginnings (an early childhood brain development initiative); and publications like the WisKids Count Data Books and Juvenile Justice Pipeline. One major project is Early Education Matters. The intent of the Early Education Matters (EEM) Project is to expand the quality and quantity of early education experiences available to Wisconsin's four-year-olds. Although it is recognized that there are many needed early childhood system improvements, this project is funded to focus on community approaches to four-year-old kindergarten. This is accomplished by means of collaborations that involve a broad range of early childhood stakeholders including school districts, child care providers, Head Start and others with the intent to achieve a common goal--quality early learning options that include a 4K component and are readily available to parents.

 

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education, Bureau of Early Care Regulation

201 East Washington Avenue, Room E200
PO Box 8916
Madison WI 53708-8916
608-266-9314
Fax: 608-267-7252
Website: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/

Mark Andrews, Bureau Director
608-267-7933
Email: markeandrews@wisconsin.gov

Anne Carmody, Child Care Program Specialist
608-267-9761
Email: anne.carmody@wisconsin.gov

Jolene Ibeling, Certification Program Specialist
608-267-2079
Email: jolene.ibeling@wisconsin.gov
 

The Bureau of Early Care Regulation is responsible for regulating licensed and certified child care in Wisconsin. It provides quality assurance and consumer protection services for children in care in licensed and certified child care programs throughout the state. The Bureau's website includes forms and publications, Regional Office contacts, administrative codes and statutes related to child care, and information on choosing and locating child care, on starting a child care program, and on background checks.

 

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education, Bureau of Early Learning and Policy

Katherine McGurk
201 East Washington Avenue, Room E200
PO Box 7935
Madison WI 53708-7935
608-266-3443
Fax: 608-267-7252
Email: kathy.mcgurk@wisconsin.gov
Website: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/
Quality Initiatives: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/quality
Wisconsin Shares: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/wishares
 

The Bureau of Early Learning and Policy works in cooperation with the early childhood community in administering a wide variety of programs and services to provide access to affordable, high quality child care and early education experiences, to enhance our children's development and to support their families in work and parenting roles.

The Bureau has lead planning responsibility for quality improvement efforts. It works with the YoungStar Consortium to administer the YoungStar Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System. It administers the Child Care Resource and Referral Contract through the Supporting Families Together Association; the Scholarship and Bonus Initiative through the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association; and training, technical assistance, and professional development efforts to support quality improvement for the child care workforce.

The Bureau manages the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program and coordinates its administration through counties and tribes. Wisconsin Shares helps hardworking, low-income parents pay for the child care they need to be able to work and support their families.

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)

1 West Wilson Street
Madison WI 53703
608-266-1865
Website:  www.dhs.wi.gov

The Department of Health Services website provides a wealth of information about:
ACCESS (to apply for nutrition, health and child care benefits):  https://access.wi.gov
Birth to 3 Program:  www.dhs.wi.gov/children/birthto3
Communicable Diseases:  www.dhs.wi.gov/communicable
Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:  www.dhs.wi.gov/physical-activity
Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities:  www.dhs.wi.gov/children

 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

125 South Webster Street
PO Box 7841
Madison WI 53707-7841
Website: www.dpi.wi.gov
 

The Department of Public Instruction website provides a wealth of information about:
BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Online Library: www.badgerlink.net
Child and Adult Care Food Program: fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_cacfp1
Cooperative Educational Service Agencies: ec.dpi.wi.gov/ec_ecbycesa
Early Childhood Special Education: ec.dpi.wi.gov/ec_ecspedhm
Four-Year-Old Kindergarten: ec.dpi.wi.gov/ec_ec4yrpag
Many other early childhood topics: ec.dpi.wi.gov

 

Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood (WDEC)

Gaye Tylka
923 East Garland Street
West Salem WI 54669
608-786-4844
Fax: 608-786-4801
Email: gtylka@cesa4.k12.wi.us
Website: www.dec-sped.org
 

WDEC is a state chapter of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. Founded in 1973, the Division is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. DEC is an international community of 5,000 professionals and family members - in 50 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 22 other countries - all working together to support the development of young children with special needs and to create a system of support for all young children and their families. WDEC established the Jenny Lange Scholarship Fund through UW-Whitewater and is a co-sponsor of the annual Wisconsin Early Childhood Education and Care Conference and the biennial JoLyn Beeman Memorial Lecture Series. Membership in WDEC provides reduced fees at these conferences, a state newsletter, and monthly publications, including the Young Exceptional Children journal.

 

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

Madison Office
744 Williamson Street, Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-240-9880 or 800-783-9322
Fax: 608-663-1091

Milwaukee Office

316 N Milwaukee Street, Suite 410
Milwaukee WI 53202
414-278-9322
Fax: 414-278-9336


Food Program Email: foodprogram@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
REWARD Email: reward@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
T.E.A.C.H. Email: teach@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
YoungStar Email: youngstar@wisconsinearlychildhood.org
Website: http://wisconsinearlychildhood.org
 

WECA is a statewide, nonprofit organization serving as a professional association whose members care for and educate Wisconsin's children ages birth to eight. WECA is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC). WECA advocates for the child care profession, offers training and professional development, sponsors a Child Care Food Program, and administers the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® WISCONSIN Scholarship Program which offers scholarship opportunities to teachers, family child care providers, center directors and administrators for credit-based training. WECA also administers the REWARD ™ WISCONSIN Stipend Program, a statewide compensation initiative that awards stipends directly to family child care providers, center teachers, and program directors based on attained levels of education. As a member of the YoungStar Consortium, WECA co-administers the YoungStar program, offers trainings to address quality improvement, rates and consults with programs, administers the YoungStar Micro-Grant Program, and offers a free statewide Professional Development Counseling Service over the phone to anyone employed in early childhood education who wants to hear about the options for training and education available in Wisconsin. With a Local YoungStar Office in Milwaukee County, it provides one-on-one assistance to child care programs wishing to improve in quality. WECA is leading coordination efforts to bring together Wisconsin Technical College System faculty to create pathways for credit for prior learning experiences. In addition to co-sponsoring a statewide conference annually, WECA provides workshops and presentations on a variety of early care and education topics. 

 

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP)

Jill Haglund
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
PO Box 7841
Madison WI 53707-7841
608-267-9625
Fax: 608-266-2529
Email: jill.haglund@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://www.collaboratingpartners.com/index.php
 

"Working to Transform Early Childhood Care and Education", WECCP represents many public and private agencies, associations, and individuals that care about our state's young children and their families. The Collaborating Partners have come together to promote the blending of our state's current separate early childhood education and care systems. Their goal is to develop a quality, comprehensive early childhood system which shares responsibility among families, providers, the public sector, and the private sector. Links to the following activities and resources can be found: Early Childhood Special Education, Professional Development, Early Childhood Economic Development, 4-Year-Old Kindergarten and Community Collaborations.

The WECCP listserve (http://www.collaboratingpartners.com/listserv.php) is designed to facilitate interactive, electronic communication between agencies, associations, and individuals providing services to Wisconsin's young children (birth to age 8) and their families. The focus of this listserve is on state, community and interagency efforts to improve service delivery approaches for young children and their families.

WECCP information on community approaches to serving children is available at: http://www.collaboratingpartners.com/4k-community-approaches-about.php

 

Wisconsin Family Child Care Association (WFCCA)

Lisa Bucher
715-532-3866
Email: clint.lisa@hotmail.com
Website: www.wisconsinfamilychildcare.org
 

The Wisconsin Family Child Care Association, WFCCA, is a statewide organization of family child care providers and their supporters, formed to provide support, involvement, and communication with others in the profession.
The goal of the Association is to help maintain the high quality of care that promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children by:

  • Promoting the awareness of family child care as a viable choice in child care
  • Promoting awareness of the professionalism of family child care
  • Providing an opportunity for input into laws concerning children
  • Providing a statewide information/assistance network
  • Providing an opportunity for involvement, support, and communication with others

 

Wisconsin First Step

1900 South Avenue, NCA2-04
La Crosse WI 54601
1-800-642-7837
Email: wispubhealth@mch-hotlines.org
Website: www.mch-hotlines.org
 

Wisconsin First Step is a statewide Information and Referral (I&R) hotline that serves families with children who have special health care needs. The line is operational 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.

 

Wisconsin Head Start Association (WHSA)

4222 Milwaukee Street, Suite 22
Madison WI 53714
608-442-6879
Fax: 608-442-7672
Email: irvin-vitela@whsaonline.org
Website: www.whsaonline.org
 

Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Wisconsin Head Start Association (WHSA) is a private, not-for-profit, membership organization representing more than 16,000 children, upwards of 3,000 staff and 54 Head Start programs in Wisconsin. WHSA is an association of leaders dedicated to assuring the availability of comprehensive, top quality services for children and families in our state. They accomplish this through advocacy, the delivery of professional development services, and the creation of unique resources for people and organizations committed to families.

 

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Madison Office
201 West Washington Avenue, Suite 700
PO Box 1728
Madison WI 53701-1728
608-266-7884 or 1-800-334-6873
Fax: 608-267-1099
 

Milwaukee Office
140 South 1st Street, Suite 200
Milwaukee WI 53204
414-227-4039 or 1-800-628-4833
Fax: 414-227-4704

Website: www.wheda.com

WHEDA operates two programs that benefit child care providers who are looking for additional funding:

  • The Linked Deposit Loan (LIDL) Subsidy which assists women and/or minority-owned and controlled businesses in the start-up or expansion of their business by reducing the interest rate on their bank loans.
  • Small Business Guarantee which can assist in the expansion or acquisition of a small business, or assist in the start-up of a child care business which may be owned by an individual, a partnership, a corporation, a non-profit organization, or a cooperative.

For additional information about eligibility requirements, eligible uses of loan proceeds, terms and conditions, and the application process and fees, contact WHEDA.

 

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Learning and Policy
201 East Washington Avenue
Room E200, PO Box 7935
Madison WI 53708-7935
608-266-7001
Fax: 608-267-7252
Website: www.collaboratingpartners.com/wmels-about.php
 

The WMELS are derived from research in all the domains of the child's early learning and development and apply to all settings in which children receive care and education. They were developed by the WMELS Steering Committee, composed of representatives from the state departments of Public Instruction, Health and Family Services, and Workforce Development; the Head Start State Collaboration Office; and Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners. The WMELS are a listing of developmental expectations for children upon kindergarten completion supported by practice-based evidence and scientific research. The WMELS provide a shared framework for understanding and communicating expectations for young children's development. The WMELS are a guide for parents, early care and education professionals, and policymakers, all of whom share responsibility for the well being of young children. A copy of the WMELS can be downloaded at the link listed above. The Frequently Asked Questions list commonly asked questions regarding the development and intended use of the standards. Training for Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards is taking place throughout Wisconsin for educators, child care providers and families who want to continue to improve the quality of early education and care for children from birth through the completion of kindergarten.

 

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program 

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Learning and Policy 
201 E Washington Avenue, PO Box 7935
Madison WI 53708-7935
608-261-6317, Option 2
Fax: 608-266-8302
Website: www.dcf.wi.gov/childcare/wishares
Stopping Fraud: www.dcf.wi.gov/program_integrity/shares_fraud.htm

Wisconsin Shares helps hardworking, low-income parents pay for the child care they need to be able to work and support their families. The Bureau of Early Learning and Policy manages Wisconsin Shares and coordinates its administration through counties and tribes. The Bureau of Program Integrity works hard to prevent, detect, and recover fraudulent Wisconsin Shares payments.

 

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)

Milwaukee Office
2745 N Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Milwaukee WI 53212
414-263-5450
Fax: 414-263-5456
 

Madison Office
2300 South Park Street
Madison WI 53713
608-257-5450
Fax: 608-257-5454

Website: www.wwbic.com

The WWBIC is an economic development corporation providing quality business education and access to capital for entrepreneurs. WWBIC consults, educates, and mentors owners of small and micro businesses throughout Wisconsin. WWBIC can provide a free business assessment, and individuals can gain a thorough understanding of financing options available for business start-up or expansion. WWBIC can also help individuals start out by developing a business plan outline. WWBIC provides training, marketing tips and a business resource directory.

 

YoungStar – Wisconsin’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Learning and Policy
201 E Washington Avenue
Madison WI 53708
Email: youngstar@wisconsin.gov
Website: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar

YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system, sets a five-star rating system for child care providers based on the quality components of educational qualifications, learning environment and curriculum, business practices, and health and well-being of children. YoungStar improves the overall quality of child care, creates a clear, understandable tool to help parents choose quality child care, offers incentives for providers to improve services, particularly for low-income children, and establishes a connection between child care quality and the rate of Wisconsin Shares payments.

Celebrate Children Foundation, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) together form the YoungStar Consortium, the contracted agency for the delivery of YoungStar services. The Consortium supports early education programs as they demonstrate the quality of care they offer to Wisconsin's youngest children. Local administration of YoungStar occurs through 12 Local YoungStar Offices. Family Child Care, Group Child Care, and School-Age Care each has its own YoungStar Quality Indicator Point Detail. The star ratings of child care programs may be seen on the Regulated Child Care and YoungStar Public Search.