Want to start a child care business in northern or western Wisconsin?

Families in your area need more child care programs – they need you! If you’ve ever thought about starting a child care business, now is the time!

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Top 5 reasons to start a licensed child care program NOW!

  • Set your own schedule

  • Create relationships that last for years

  • Job security – be your own boss

  • If you have children, never look for care again, watch them grow, and make money at the same time!

  • Build a career that truly makes a difference

We will help you every step of the way.  

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) has a new, free program, Provider Assistance for Licensing (PAL), offered in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, exclusively to help providers in Wisconsin’s northern and western regions navigate the licensing process and build a sustainable business.

Work with a professional coach who will support you directly, providing personalized insight, advice, and resources, including six months of coaching after your business opens to ensure you have a successful start. WEESSN coaches know the ins and outs of the overlapping systems in Wisconsin – Registry, licensing, YoungStar, etc.

Toolkits with items to help you get licensed – valued at $1,200 for family child care and $4,000 for group center or day camp programs

Grants to support movement along the licensing pathway, valued at up to $40,000 per group center, $20,000 per day camp, and $10,000 per family child care program

Access to a special business training series (18 hours of Wisconsin Registry credit) that explains everything new child care business owners need to succeed

Connections to resources that will save you time and money, reimburse you for healthy foods, help you earn more, and pursue professional development and higher education

Benefits of being a licensed child care program 

  • Greater credibility as a provider and business owner – possibility for greater earning potential 

  • Listing on the Child Care Finder, making it easier for families to find your program. 
  • Access to agency programs to support you, families, and children:  

    • Birth to Three 

    • Wisconsin Shares payments – subsidy payments for low-income families 

    • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – reimbursement for healthy food 

    • Participate in YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system.

      • Access to business banking opportunities 

      • Secure your business safety with access to liability insurance that shields against risks 

      • You have support. Tap into all WECA and Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) resources. 
        • Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) resources and programs 
        • REWARD Stipend Program – extra payments twice a year based on Registry (education) level 
        • Receive college credit +/or additional education via T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin for minimal cost 
        • Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) and regional CCR&R support 

          We look forward to helping you create a business that is good for you, your family, and your community! Space is available – fill out the Interest Form now!

          For more information, contact us at WECAPAL@wisconsinearlychildhood.org

          Northern and Western Regions

          Northern Region Counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Wood

          Tribal Nations: Bad River, Forest County Potawatomi, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, Sokaogon

          Western Region Counties: Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, Washburn

          Tribal Nations: Ho-Chunk Nation, St. Croix

          This program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

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