Pre-Licensing

Start here if you're interested in starting your own child care business.

 

3 Steps to getting started

ONE: Order an Inquiry Packet from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

TWO: Complete the Child Care Business Start-Up Worksheet and mail it to the Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA).

THREE: A local consultant from our organization will be assigned to support you through the licensing process.

We can help

Pre-Licensing is a FREE service from Child Care Partnership for potential child care providers. We provide licensing preparation technical assistance in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix and Trempealeau Counties, including the Ho-Chunk Nation.

The purpose of pre-licensing is to prepare family and group early care and education professionals for the state licensing process. This is done through technical assistance on how to set-up appropriate child care environments, policies, procedures, staffing strategies, and safety measures. This process is completed through a policy review and a site visit. Assistance is given to potential providers to help navigate the paperwork necessary to apply for a child care license. This service is brought to local communities in partnership with Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) and is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF).

STEP ONE: Order an Inquiry Packet by completing this form and send it in with a check or money order for $25, payable to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to:

Department of Children & Families
2187 N. Stevens St., Suite C
Rhinelander, WI 54501

The Inquiry Packet includes a licensing rule book, suggested procedures for starting a program, a start-up worksheet, and other information needed to begin the process of starting a child care business.

STEP TWO: The Department of Children & Families will send you a Child Care Business Start up Worksheet. Complete the worksheet and mail it to:

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711

STEP THREE: A local child care expert with our organization will be assigned to assist you during the licensing process. We will provide you with:

  • A maximum of 8 hours of technical assistance for potential group child care providers
    • Phone and/or email technical assistance
    • one policy review (required)
    • one 2 to 4 hour site visit (required)
  • A maximum of 6 hours of technical assistance for potential family child care providers
    • Phone and/or email technical assistance
    • one policy review (required)
    • one 2 to 3 hour site visit (required)

 Additional technical assistance can be purchased if needed or desired. Call or email us for more information!