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Partner Up!

Supporting partnerships¬†between businesses & regulated child care providers.¬†


The application period closed April 4th. Please visit the DCF Project Growth page and click on "sign up for grant updates" to receive news about upcoming opportunities.

Partner Up! Grant Program

Click here for the fact sheet on how Project Growth! is impacting the Western Region. 

Note: The awardee list was accurate at the time of creation & may not have all current information. For up-to-date information, check DCF's Project Growth website. 

The Partner Up! grant program will provide $10 million in funding to support partnerships between businesses that purchase slots at existing regulated child care providers. The funding will be awarded based on existing community child care needs throughout Wisconsin. The funding from this program can be used to increase staff compensation, pay expenses, reserve child care slots for local business employees, improve the quality of a child care program, and more.

Why Get Involved?

When businesses partner with early childhood programs, everyone benefits. Businesses show that they care about the well-being of their employees and their families, ECE providers can cover their operating costs and pay their staff higher wages, and working parents gain access to high-quality, affordable child care. All this with support from Project Growth along the way!

Child Care Partnership Resource & Referral works with businesses & child care programs in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix and Trempealeau Counties and the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Benefits for Your Business

Information for businesses & Cost Details

  • Stay competitive in a tight labor market by offering attractive benefits

  • Increase employee productivity

    • Employees who know that their children are in safe, reliable, and high-quality environments are more engaged

    • Employees are more reliable when they are available to come to work

  • Strengthen the local community and economy and feel good knowing your employees get a great benefit that strengthens their families and your business.

Start getting ready to apply for a Partner Up! grant. Download the Survey on Employee Needs for Child Care to gain better insight into the child care needs of your employees. 

Benefits for Early Childhood Programs

Information for child care programs

  • Afford quality workers, training, materials, and facilities

  • Retain quality staff through offering higher pay

  • Stabilize enrollment numbers by having reserved business-subsidized spots

  • Make long-term connections with businesses and organizations that can help improve the quality and scope of your care

Benefits for Families

Information for families

  • Participating workers will receive child care a little-to-no cost!

  • Having reliable child care from a regulated program means you can focus at work knowing your children are safe and in a high-quality environment.

  • It's likely you can remain with your current child care program as long as their program is regulated and in good standing with WI DCF and they agree to Partner Up!

Application dates: February 28 - April 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST. Priority consideration will be given for submissions received by March 14, 2022.

Contact CCP staff for more information:

Laura Lash
Business Child Care Specialist

Becca Elbert
Assistant Director


Partner Up! is a new grant program from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Project Growth, Supporting Families Together Association, and Wisconsin’s nine CCR&Rs.