Child Care Financial Assistance

Our office provides some financial assistance to help with child care costs. Please review the information and contact us with any questions!

 

Child Care Financial Assistance for:

Please select the financial assistance program below for more information.

Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP)

* Financial assistance for income eligible UW Madison students.
* Primary financial aid program to help with student parents' ongoing child care costs.

* Financial assistance for income eligible UW Madison students (both mothers and fathers) enrolled full-time in a degree program and using a UW-Madison Campus Child Care center. 
* Student parents should always apply first for CCTAP.

* The Kids Kare program makes back-up and mildly-ill care affordable for UW-Madison 
   students, faculty, and staff by offering a reduced rate at Chicken Soup child care center 
   for back up care and free hours of mildly-ill care through Maxim Healthcare Services.

* Discretionary child care grants are available to UW Madison student families who 
   experience emergency or family related issues that leave them temporarily unable to
cover the costs of their regulated child care.
           NOTE: This grant cannot cover structural deficits due to limited funding.

* The Adult and Special Student Services (ACSSS) office has scholarships available for 
   SINGLE PARENTS to help with college tuition costs.
Email: advising@dcs.wisc.edu

* The Office of Student Financial Aid has financial assistance available to students: 
Email: finaid@finaid.wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3060

Please select the financial assistance program below for more information.


*The UW Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) has provided child care 
  grants for University (formerly Classified) staff since 2003.
         * Note: This is a one-time grant that cannot cover structural deficits in your child care
costs. For low income employees who are in need of this type of assistance, please view the
"Community Assistance" tab above.
* Money taken pre-tax from monthly income to pay for dependent care. Employees must sign up for this benefit by contacting the Human Resources Department.

* The Kids Kare program makes back-up and mildly-ill care affordable for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff by offering a reduced rate at Little Chicks Learning Academy (back-up care) and free hours of mildly-ill care through Maxim Healthcare Services.


Department of Children and Families - Wisconsin Shares Program
"County Funding"

The Department of Children and Families has financial assistance for low-income families. For more information, see http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/wishares/eligibility.htm or call (608) 242-7441.

City of Madison Child Care Program

For families NOT eligible for Wisconsin Shares (see above), the City of Madison Child Care Program provides financial assistance for parents living in Madison who are working, looking for work, or going to school. Parents may also qualify if their child has special needs or if they have a family crisis. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/commserv/CommunityTAP.html or call (608) 267-4996.

Head Start

Head Start programs are available at little or no cost for families who meet enrollment guidelines. Programs include full-day, part-day, and home-based options for children from birth to 5 years of age. Call (608) 267-6740 to find out about specific programs in your area, to determine your eligibility, and to enroll your child. 

Human Resource Department where you are employed

Talk with the Human Resource Department where you work. Ask if the employer offers a flexible spending account and if child care is included. If so, you can have your child care expenses deducted from your paycheck before taxes. 

Community Groups

Some community groups offer scholarships. Check your faith community, child care centers, neighborhood centers and your school or parent/teacher organization.

 

 

 

  Quick Links 

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  CCTAP Forms
  Advisory Board
  CCTAP Providers