Department of Children and Families – Wisconsin Shares Program
The Department of Children and Families has financial assistance for low-income families. For more information, see https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wishares/eligibility 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 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.
Some community groups offer scholarships. Check your faith community, child care centers, neighborhood centers and your school or parent/teacher organization.