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Child care is essential!

Families rely on safe, affordable child care to be able to work. Employers depend on reliable child care options to recruit and retain employees. Young children count on child care to help them develop the social emotional skills needed to prepare them for the future.

Paying for child care is a struggle many families face. The cost of high quality child care can account for a larger percentage of a family’s budget than their food, housing and utilities or even a car payment.

 

To apply for the Child Care Bridge Fund to assist you with a past due balance at your current child care program:

Apply online now!

Click here to download a copy of the application to submit by mail or to drop off at our office in Eau Claire. 

 

To apply for the CAP (Coronavirus Assistance Program) to assist you with a past due balance at your current child care program:

Apply online now!

Wisconsin Shares

Wisconsin Shares helps families pay for child care so that parents or other approved caregivers may work, go to school, or participate in approved work training programs.  Low-income working families with children enrolled in a regulated child care program who's gross income is equal to or less than 185% Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  Child care providers who can care for children must be certified, licensed, or operated by a Wisconsin public school board and participate in the YoungStar program. 

For more specific income eligibility criteria and additional information about Wisconsin Shares, visit their website.

Click here to see if you are eligible for Wisconsin Shares.

Child Care Bridge Fund

The Child Care Bridge Fund (CCBF) bridges the gap to assist working families who make more than the income threshold for Wisconsin Shares up to 300% of the federal poverty level. CCBF will assist families in Chippewa & Eau Claire counties by paying up to $1,000 for child care tuition debt to assist with financial stability while also helping to stabilize the revenue of child care programs.

Income Eligibility

To quality for this program, a family's income must fall within 185-300% Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Families will need to provide proof of income or a denial/ineligibility documentation for Wisconsin Shares. 

  Family Size MONTHLY
Income
ANNUAL
Income
 
  2  $2,686 to 4,355   $32,227 to 52,260   
  3  $3,386 to 5,490   $40,626 to 65,880   
  4  $4,085 to 6,625   $49,025 to 79,500   
  5  $4,785 to 7,760   $57,424 to 93,120   
  6  $5,485 to 8,895   $65,823 to 106,740   
  7  $6,185 to 10,030   $74,222 to 120,360   
  8  $6,885 to 11,165   $82,621 to 133,980   
  9  $7,585 to 12,300   $91,020 to 147,600   
  10  $8,285 to 13,435   $99,419 to 161,220   

*Updated 2/1/2021 to reflect 2021 US Federal Poverty Guidelines

Child Care Provider Eligibility

Child care providers who can care for children must be certified, licensed, or operated by a Wisconsin public school board and participate in the YoungStar program. 

Apply online today: Click here

If you do not meet the income eligibility, scroll down for more information on another financial assistance program - CAP (Coronavirus Assistance Program). 

This initiative assists families and child care programs to successfully bounce back from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic! Due to limited funding, this funding is limited to one-time support. Processing time will vary and may take 4-6 weeks from application until payment is received by child care program. 

This program was funded by the United Way Greater Chippewa Valley as well as through private donations. 

 

CAP (Coronavirus Assistance Program)

Western Dairyland’s Coronavirus Assistance Program (CAP) was designed to help households with COVID related income losses pay bills that might otherwise go unpaid. The maximum amount in relief of past due balances for parent portion/co-pays only at your child care program that a household can receive is $1,000.00.

To be eligible, the family must be reside in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson or Trempealeau County.

Eligibility Criteria

To quality for this program, a family's income must fall at or below 125% Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and have an income loss related to COVID-19. Families will need to provide proof of current income from the previous month & proof of income loss due to COVID-19. The chart below lists the income range by family size that your family must fall within.

  Family Size MONTHLY
Income
ANNUAL
Income
 
  2  $                              1,815  $                            21,775  
  3  $                              2,288  $                            27,450  
  4  $                              2,760  $                            33,125  
  5  $                              3,233  $                            38,800  
  6  $                              3,706  $                            44,475  
  7  $                              4,179  $                            50,150  
  8  $                              4,652  $                            55,825  
  Each Add'l  $                              5,675  $                                  473  

*Updated 2/1/2021 to reflect 2021 US Federal Poverty Guidelines

Child Care Provider Eligibility

Child care providers who can care for children must be certified, licensed, or operated by a Wisconsin public school board and participate in the YoungStar program. 

Apply online today: Click here

Due to funding limitations, Western Dairyland holds the right to turn down cases where CAP (Coronavirus Assistance Program) payments would not significantly alleviate an individual's financial arrears and is limited to a one-time payment. 

 

Chat with us now or call us at 715-831-1700 with any questions!

Interested in donating to support families with the cost of child care? 

If you would like to make a donation to help families in need cover the costs of child care, please contact Becca at becca.elbert@wdeoc.org or by phone to 715-836-7511 ext 1188.