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8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday 


Selecting Quality
Child Care

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make. Download our Selecting Quality Child Care resource brochure and our Child Care Quality Checklist to assist you in evaluating your child care options and selecting a child care program that meets the needs of both your children and your family. 

Check out the Walk in my Shoes brochure HERE


YoungStar is a five star quality rating and improvement program created by the WI Department of Children and Families to support families in making an informed decision when selecting child care. 

YoungStar gives families a snapshot of a program’s quality to compare with their own views on quality child care. Programs meet certain quality standards at 2, 3, 4, and 5 stars.

A child care program must have 2 or more stars to be eligible to accept WI Shares funding.

Parents can find more information about YoungStar online by clicking the “For Parents” tab when visiting the YoungStar website.


In order to continue providing our free child care referral service, it is important for us to compile results from a brief anonymous survey. We will send this to you by email within a month of your completed search. We greatly appreciate your opinion and feedback! 

This program is supported by United Way Fox Cities 

Begin Your Search
for a Regulated Child Care PRovider Here:

Since 1987, Child Care Resource & Referral has helped many parents find child care by offering information and assistance in choosing and evaluating child care programs. We offer you information on options, not recommendations. CCR&R cannot warrant accuracy of provider information, nor can we assure the quality of service of any child care provider referred in this process.

In addition, this information is available for personal and non-commercial use only. CCR&R does not permit any replication of this information for commercial or statistical use, unauthorized attempts to do so on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986. The above terms apply to each search performed. By clicking the button below, you agree that you have read and accept the above disclaimer for this and all future searches.

Average Child Care Rates

CCR&R referral services are not limited to a list of available child care programs in your area, but also includes counseling about child care and how to select a program that meets your needs. We maintain a database of all regulated providers in eight counties, as well as information regarding yearly average child care rates. 

Tools Available

Budgeting Your Child
Care Options

Child Care is a significant expense in a family’s budget. Resource from Child Care Aware of America are available HERE to help you as you’re budgeting for child care costs. 

A Wisconsin Child Care Affordability Calculator is also available from Early Learning Policy Group HERE

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:

Wisconsin State Child Care Law:

No person shall for compensation provide care and supervision for four (4) or more children under the age of seven (7) for less than 24 hours a day unless he obtains a license to operate a day care center from the WI Department of Children and Families.


  • There are four (4) or more children at any one time under the age of seven (7)
  • Care is outside of the child’s own home
  • The caregiver is a non-relative/non-guardian by state definition
  • The child care is for compensation
  • The parents are off the premises
  • The child care is less than 24 hours per day

Paul Van Handel Memorial Foundation 

The Paul Van Handel Memorial Foundation raises the funds needed to supplement childcare costs and empower the parents of children with special needs to reenter the workforce.    

The foundation serves parents and facilities who provide care for children with disabilities, ages 6 weeks to 18 years old, within Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties.  

Facilities can apply for grant monies to help cover additional care support, staff training related to medical, disability, or behavioral intervention, and in some cases specific medical equipment. 

If you are a parent or a facility looking for assistance, please visit the website for contact information and to fill out a grant application:

Resources for
Military Families

Child Care Aware of America 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 the section of the CCAoA website designed with resources especially for military families here:

Early CAre & Education Options

Family Child Care

Family child care providers offer care for children in the provider’s home. There are several types of regulation for family child care providers. 

Provisional Certified Providers

Are certified for a maximum period of 6 months. They have initial training but must complete pre-service training to be upgraded to Regular Certification.

Regular Certified Providers

Certified providers may provide care for up to 3 non-related children under age 7 and up to 3 children over the age of 7.    The provider’s related children under age 7 are counted in the maximum group size of 6. Regular certified family child care providers are certified for a 2 year period and have completed the required pre-service training. They are also required to obtain annual continuing education. 

In-Home Certified Providers

In-home certified providers care for children in the home of the child.  In-home providers may care for all children who reside in the home but the provider may not bring any other children into care.

Licensed Providers

Licensed providers may provide care for up to 8 children under age 7 with a maximum group size of 8. Provider’s related children under age 7 are counted in a maximum group size of 8. They are required to have pre-service training and obtain annual continuing education.    

Group Child Care                                               

Licensed Group Child Care

Includes programs that serve 9 or more children. Each center must meet specific regulations including ratios of caregivers to children and group size. Staff must meet training requirements including annual continuing education.

Preschool Programs   

Typically run for four or fewer hours per day and serve children ages three to five. Preschool programs operate in child care centers, schools, and other community buildings, and can obtain a license from the Department of Children and Families. Faith organizations sponsor many part-day preschool programs and are license-exempt.

Public 4k Programs  

Include community early care and education center programs and elementary school programs for four-year-olds that are fully funded and operate under the direction of your resident public school district. To be eligible for four-year-old kindergarten, a child must be four by September 1st of the school year. 

Head Start

Federal program that provides free, comprehensive developmental services for preschool children from low-income eligible families. Families with children with disabilities are also encourages to apply. Early Head Start is also available in several Wisconsin communities and serves children birth to age three and their families. 


Nanny Care                                  

Please Note- CCR&R does not Provide Referrals to Nannies or In-Home Care Providers.   

Nanny care is a term generally used to designate child care provided in the child’s own home. The family that employs an in-home caregiver is responsible for a variety of taxes, including Social Security (FICA), unemployment tax, income tax, and worker’s compensation. In-home care is not subject to federal and state child care regulations, including mandatory criminal caregiver background checks. Applicants should be carefully screened. 

Suggested resource guide for In-Home/Nanny Child Care 



Why is Quality Child Care Important?

Brain Development 

Early years are learning years! Current research has shown that 90% of a child’s potential is determined by age 5. The child care professionals who help care for your child are also those who help shape your child’s mind. 

Reduced Stress on Working PArents 

When parents know their children are in a safe, caring, learning environment, they are happier at work, more productive, and less likely to take days off. 

School Readiness 

Research shows that targeted, high-quality child care can put more children on track for success in school and in life. This in turn improves workforce readiness and decreases the need for special education and social welfare programs. 

Everyone Benefits 

Enrolling children in a quality early education environment not only benefits families, but also benefits schools and ultimately, the social and economic well-being of our communities.   


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