Searching For Child Care


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Looking for Child Care?

Choosing child care is an important decision. Every family has different needs based on:

  • The age of your child
  • The days and times when care is needed
  • The location you prefer
  • Group or family programs
  • Any special needs of your child

Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. maintains a database of all regulated childcare programs in our service area. Parents may access this database to obtain a free customized list of childcare options in their area to make their childcare search easier.

When you answer a few questions about your family’s needs, we can make a customized list of the best childcare options for you. It will take you less than five minutes to provide the information, but we will take all the time you need to find your best options.

You can use the online referral system or contact us to work with a referral specialist. We can provide you with custom, computerized referrals to regulated family childcare centers, family childcare providers, and preschools in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano Counties.

To have a custom list created for you, call (920) 432-8899 or (800) 738-8899. We can mail, fax, or e-mail your list to you.

We do not rate or recommend specific childcare providers. It is up to you to evaluate the quality of care being provided by each provider using a variety of tools including the YoungStar Rating & Improvement System.

Some criteria can be harder to find matches for, but we can help you expand your options. If you do not find enough options from the online referral system, please call to have a referral specialist help you find the best way to expand your search criteria.

Looking for child care in a county out of our area? Call Supporting Families Together Association at 1-888-713-KIDS to get the phone number of the organization that can best help you.

Average Rates For Regulated Child Care

View the Average Rates for regulated childcare programs in our area.

What Regulated Childcare Providers Means

Regulated childcare providers are individuals trained in child growth and development. These providers are childcare professionals and should not be thought of as “babysitters”. Anyone caring for four or more children under the age of seven MUST be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Types of Child Care

CERTIFIED AND LICENSED CAREGIVERS – Are individuals trained in child growth and development. These providers are childcare professionals and should not be thought of as “babysitters”. Anyone caring for four or more children under the age of seven MUST be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

FAMILY LICENSED CHILD CARE – May care for up to eight children in their home. The provider’s own children under age seven years ARE INCLUDED in the total count of eight children. These providers are regulated through the state.

GROUP LICENSED CHILDCARE CENTERS – Are those serving nine or more children, usually in a center. These providers are regulated through the state.

CERTIFIED CHILD CARE – May care for up to three children in addition to relative children, for a total group of six children under seven years of age, in their home. Provider’s own children over seven years of age DO NOT COUNT toward the group total of six. These providers are regulated through the county. There are two levels of certification:

  • REGULAR CERTIFICATION – Providers have met all certification standards and have completed 15 hours of approved childcare training. They are reimbursed at a higher level than the provisional certification.
  • PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION – Providers have met all of the certification standards, but have NOT completed 15 hours of approved childcare training. They are reimbursed at a lower rate than the regular certification.