Home Daycare Licensing in Wisconsin

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If you live in the state of Wisconsin, and you enjoy working with children, consider opening a daycare center in your home. Home daycare requirements in Wisconsin are specific. However, those who adhere to the licensing requirements are able to receive a family child care license and operate a loving business from their home.

Things You'll Need

  • Inquiry packet Background check Early childhood education Probationary license
  • Order a family day care inquiry packet. To operate a home daycare in the state of Wisconsin, you'll need to contact the Division of Family and Children Services and request a packet. This packet outlines all the requirements for opening a home daycare. Upon reading the packet, complete the application and submit it to the Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project. The address is located on the back of the packet. The cost for the inquiry packet is $10.00

  • Complete 40 hours of early childhood training. The state of Wisconsin requires all home daycare providers to complete a minimum of 40 hours of early childhood education. Providers can enroll in classes at their local community college, university or take a home study course. Courses include Introduction to Child Care Profession.

  • Submit background check information. If operating a home daycare in Wisconsin, all family members under the age of 10 have to complete a background check. These background checks are conducted through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. In order to operate a home daycare, everyone who comes in contact with the children must successfully pass the criminal history check.

  • Limit daycare to eight children. The maximum number of children enrolled in a home daycare varies from state-to-state. In the state of Wisconsin, family daycare centers are only permitted to care for up to eight children. Caring for more than eight children violates the licensing requirements and can cause the license to be revoked.

  • Apply for a probationary license. The licensing process is lengthy. However, the state of Wisconsin grants probationary licenses, wherein home daycare providers can operate their business until their official license is approved.

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