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COVID-19 Information for Parents and Providers

Updated 6/22/20


Need child care? Submit this form to DCF indicating your need and you will be contacted shortly with information about your local child care options. Or for immediate help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R). Find my local CCR&R

Many parents are turning to family, friends, or neighbors for child care during this difficult time. This can be an excellent solution with proper preparation and precautions. View tips for placing your child in the care of a family member, friend, or neighbor


Child care providers are essential to our communities. Your dedication and hard work has never been more obvious than during this time of crisis. If you have questions or concerns not addressed here, or you simply need to talk, do not hesitate to contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R). We are all in this together. Find my local CCR&R


Guidance Overview


Apply for Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Emergency Payment Program

The Wisconsin Dept of Children and Families has been approved to use $51 million to support Wisconsin’s early care and education community. The Child Care Counts payment program allows child care programs to receive support in the form of emergency payments. Learn more and apply here

There will be three application periods, each providing payment based on a program’s open/closed status during a different period of time during the COVID pandemic. Child care programs are STRONGLY encouraged to apply during all three application periods:

  • Application Periods 1 & 2 are now closed. Payment letters for Period 2 will be issued by June 29.
  • Application Period 3
    • Applications open on June 29 and close on July 10, 2020
    • Reflects your program open/closed status and child enrollment during the period of May 12 – May 25, 2020
    • Payment letters will be issued by July 20, 2020

During each application period, providers should apply for whichever of the following three programs reflects their open/closed status during the defined period. You can apply for multiple programs each period, if more than one reflects your status and enrollment during that time.

  • Program 1: Funding to Care for Essential Workforce Families
  • Program 2: Incentive Pay
  • Program 3: Support for Temporarily Closed Child Care Programs

Learn more about the Child Care Counts programs and apply

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