Economic Assistance & Employment Services

Child Care Funding

Provides assistance paying for child care expenses to low-income parents who are working or preparing to enter the workforce.

Who May Qualify and How to Apply?

Wisconsin Shares is available for eligible families that are in work, work-related or school/training activities. Working families with income below 185% of federal poverty level may be eligible for childcare assistance.

The Child Care subsidy payment depends on the household's income, hours of care needed, how many children will need care in the family, what are the provider's rate, and other factors. All families are expected to pay a portion of the expense or co-pay directly to the provider.

The childcare subsidy can only pay to childcare providers who are licensed or certified. It is the parents' or relative caretakers' responsibility to find the provider they wish to use. To obtain information about Child Care providers in your area, or if you are interested in becoming a Child Care Provider, please contact Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) at (608) 271-9181 or

To check potential eligibility for Child Care benefits and to apply, please visit this website:

In-person applications can be made at the following locations:

Job Center
1819 Aberg Ave., Suite D
Madison WI 53704
Stoughton Office
125 Veterans Rd.
Stoughton WI 53589

The Job Center does have computers available to complete on-line applications. Phone applications can be made at the Capital Consortium at 888-794-5556.

For more information regarding the Child Care Funding visit the State website at

For community resources phone the United Way of Dane County at 211 or on-line at