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Licensing Manuals for Purchase

If you would like to purchase a printed & bound licensing manual with commentary for either group centers or family child care, fill out this information: 

We can help!

Check out our Child Care in your Home brochure for more information on how we can help you navigate becoming a regulated  Family Child Care Program. Click on the brochure to view.

Pepin County Certification

If you are located in Pepin County & are interested in becoming a certified family child care provider, contact Amelia at or by phone at 715-831-1700.


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

Access all of the materials included in the  Inquiry Packet for FREE here or if you would prefer them to be printed & mailed to you, you can complete 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. You can purchased a printed & bound licensing manual from us in the left sidebar!

Step Two

Complete your Child Care Business Start up Worksheet here. Complete the worksheet and email or mail it to SFTA at:



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 Support for Starting your Child Care Programs is Available! 

If you would like additional technical assistance, contact us today for pricing & more details.