What is Child Care Assistance?
The Child Care Subsidy Program, Wisconsin Shares, assists low-income families to pay for childcare services.
Am I eligible for Child Care Assistance?
Childcare assistance is available to low income families who need it for employment, for teen parents in school or working on obtaining a GED, and for families who are in a training program working to improve their employment status. Families must have income below 185% of poverty to be initially eligible, and can continue to be eligible until income exceeds 200% of poverty. Most parents are required to share the cost of childcare through a co-payment required.
How do I apply?
Individuals interested in applying can apply in the following ways:
- Contact the East Central Call Center at 1-888-256-4563, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8am-4pm, Thurs 12pm-4pm
- Apply for benefits
- Report a change
- Complete a renewal
- Ask a question
- Online via ACCESS
- Changes can also be reported via ACCESS
- Apply in person during our Lobby Hours 8:00am - 4:30pm
(The reception staff will register requests for assistance and give options on how customers can make an application.)
Other Helpful Links
Childcare and Youngstar Information
To report changes, apply for benefits, complete renewals, or to check benefits contact the East Central Call Center.
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8am-4pm, Thurs 12pm-4pm
Changes can also be reported online at www.access.wisconsin.gov.