Wisconsin State law (s. 48.651) requires counties/tribes to certify providers who receive public funding but are exempt from the licensing law. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families maintains rules establishing standards for the certification of child care providers and contracts certification functions to local counties and tribes. The Intake and Assessment Unit of Douglas County certifies family child care providers.
Benefits of Child Care Certification
Provider is able to care for Wisconsin Shares subsidized children
Provider may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Provider may get parent referrals from Child Care Resource and Referral Agency
There are several requirements to attain child care certification including but not limited to the following:
Be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
Pay a $30.00 non-refundable application fee
Renters need landlord's permission to provide child care on his/her property
Complete all required application materials
All providers, employees, volunteers, and household members over age 12 are subject to criminal background checks one time per year at a cost of $10.00 per background check
The provider and household members over age 18 are required to be fingerprinted at a cost of $40.00 per person
All individuals wishing to be certified to provide care for children must complete Shaken Baby Syndrome training and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome training prior to certification
Two reference checks are required
Site inspection required to verify all child care certification standards are met
TB test required prior to certification
Well water test required if applicant does not have a municipal water supply
Verification of current rabies vaccine for cats and dogs
If you are interested in becoming certified to provide child care, please contact the Child Care Certifier at 715-395-1304 for application materials.
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