Child Care

4-C Referral Desk

Referral program links families to regulated child care providers that are licensed, regularly certified or provisionally certified.  The 4-C database identifies potential child care programs based on specific needs of the family.

Open to all individuals.

ACCESS Wisconsin

ACCESS connects you with the help you need when you need it. Need help getting health care coverage, paying forgroceries or child care costs, finding a job, or building your career skills?

 With ACCESS, you can apply for and manage your state of Wisconsin benefits and programs in one place, at any time.

Caretaker Supplement

Cash assistance for parents who are receiving State and Federal Social Security Insurance (SSI) and who are caring for their minor children. If you are already receiving FoodShare, Medicaid, or other income maintenance, contact that agency to apply.

For low-income individuals on SSI that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.
Capital Consortium Call Center Human Services Front Desk

Children First Program

Children First program helps parents owing support who are unemployed or underemployed and are court ordered to make regular payments. Program provides case management and employment services to parents.

Only court ordered individuals who are unemployed and under-employed non-custodial parents who are not currently meeting their child support obligations.


RISE advances the wellness of children, individuals, and families by providing early childhood and mental health services to help community and family thrive. RISE houses The Respite Center which provides emergency child care and respite for children ages 0-14, parent support, and crisis counseling 7 days a week. In addition to quality child care, the Respite Center helps parents and caregivers access important resources to help support and stabilize their family. RISE offers other Children Come First mental health programs for hospital diversion, stabilization, and crisis programs

Children ages 0-4K and their families
1334 Dewey Ct., Madison, WI 53703 and 2120 Fordem Ave., Madison, WI 53703

Reach Dane Child Care Centers

Reach Dane offers Early Head Start, Head Start, and Childcare Programs for low income families. Complete the online application. General Information Desk: (608) 275-6740

Emily (Bilingual)
2096 Red Arrow Trail Madison, WI 53711

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

Child care funding is available for qualified individuals. Participants must be in a qualified activity such as work or a combination of work and school. Payments go directly to qualified child care providers. Generally, participants are required to pay a co-payment. Use the ACCESS Wisconsin application online.

Low income individuals that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.