Tools for Families

Child Care Calculator-Work or Stay Home Decision Maker

The decision to stay at home or return to work is not easy. Child Care Aware’s Accessing Support for All Parents (ASAP) project will help families look at factors involved in making decisions about child care. The ASAP Decision Making Tool allows families to:

  • Consider critical areas of your lives impacted by child care decisions
  • Examine feelings regarding child care options
  • Seek the most appropriate resources and support for those choices 

Click HERE for ASAP DEcision Making Tools 

Budgeting Your Child Care Options

The Child Care Aware Budgeting Child Care Options calculator allows families to examine their financial situation both with and without the cost of child care. Factors such as cost of child care, work related expenses, monthly bills, and savings or retirement contributions are all included in the calculator. Families will be able to get an idea of their monthly budget and how child care will impact that budget. http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians/helpful-tools/calculator

Alex the Bear

Going to child care for the first time or entering a new child care setting can be a daunting experience for both children and parents. Alex the Bear, the newest friend of Child Care Aware®, seeks to make the transition exciting, enjoyable and a lot more fun! Join Alex as he prepares for his first adventure in a child care center.



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Need Help Paying For Child Care?

WI SHARES Provides financial child care assistance to low-income parents who are working or preparing to enter the workforce. Click here for more information:  https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wishares/apply

Click here to apply for child care assistance online    https://access.wisconsin.gov/

Click HERE for a listing of Economic Support Agencies: All Counties  


The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referrals Agencies (NACCRRA) and local CCR&R agencies are working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through the fee assistance program, families are eligible to receive a monthly subsidy to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. For information, call CCR&R at 920-886-1211 or visit their website: http://www.naccrra.org/military-families

 View videos on BEST PRACTICES in Child Care Programs HERE

Learn more about your child's development HERE

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