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Finding Child Care

Searching for child care in the Madison area can be overwhelming for families. Please use the following information to help guide your search:

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Wisconsin Child Care Search, Youngstar

Basic Search for Regulated Child Care

Regulated child care provides a foundation for safe child care settings by conducting background checks, regular inspections and complaint investigations. Types of regulated child care include:

  • Certified Care (3 or fewer children under age 7 in care)
  • Licensed Family Child Care (up to 8 children under age 7)
  • Licensed Group Child Care (9 or more children under age 7)
  • Day Camp (seasonal program for 4 or more children ages 3 & up)

Community Coordinated Child Care - Referral Database

The Referral Department can assist you in locating regulated child care through consultation and referrals from a database of approximately 1,300 child care programs throughout Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson, Sauk, Rock, and Walworth Counties. Our qualified Referral Specialists can answer any questions you may have about finding child care.

The listing generated is considered to be strictly referrals only and not recommendations. It is important for you to spend time checking into the programs to assure it is a quality child care provider. We encourage all parents to check to see if providers have had complaints/concerns against them. As part of your search, you will need to contact these providers to see if they have the exact opening you need.

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School-Age Child Care