New Child Care Providers

Should I become licensed or certified?

  Licensed Certified
Number of children 4 or more Up to three Up to Six
Ages of children Under the age of 7 Under the age of 7 Over the age of 7
Where is care provided? In the home
In a facility
(child care center)
In the home

What are the benefits of being regulated by the State?

  • You are able to care for Wisconsin Shares subsidized children
  • You may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • You may get parent referrals from the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (4C)
  • You can participate in education and training

State law requires that child care providers be licensed or certified.

How to Become a Certified Child Care Provider

Attend mandatory classes


Call 414.220.6855 to schedule
Part I is held at the 4C offices – 320 Vine St. Milwaukee
Part II is held at the Milwaukee State Office Building – 819 N. 6th Street, Room 670

Certification Coursework

  • Introduction to the child care profession (regular)
  • Fundamentals of Family Care (regular)


  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (provisional)
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (provisional)

Complete Application & Required Forms

It is advised to have 4C Certification Intake review your application before submitting it.

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
819 N. 6th St. – room 670

Submit Application, Required Forms & $158 (nonrefundable) fee

In person (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday) or by mail:

Milwaukee Early Care Administration
Milwaukee State Office Building – room 670
819 N. 6th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Attn: 4C Certification Intake

*If application is missing information or paperwork, it will be returned to you until complete.

Receive Decision by the Milwaukee Early Care Administration

If approved

  • a child care specialist will contact you to set up a home inspection

If denied

  • you will receive a letter explaining why the decision was made

The Department of Children and Families, protecting children, strengthening families, building communities.