Daycare License Requirements for Wisconsin

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 years old and have high school education or equivalent or certificate, credentials, or diploma from a post-secondary early childhood training program approved by the department. Must have 120 days half-time or 80 days full-time experience in direct care; or certification by the Wisconsin department of public instruction as a nursery school teacher or as an exceptional education needs teacher (or be able to show evidence of meeting the qualifications for certification); and 2 years documented credit in an institution of higher education with at least 3 credits equivalent to early childhood education or satisfactory completion of 80 hours of department-approved training in early childhood education, CDA credentials, or satisfactory completion of another department-approved competency program.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    2 – 2 ½ years(1:6)
    2 ½ – 3 years(1:8)
    3 – 4 years(1:10)
    4 – 5 years(1:17)
    6 years and older(1:18)


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    0 – 7 years(1:8)[if 3 or 4 children under the age of 2 are in care, the number of other children in care is reduced]


    Division of Children & Family Services
    Bureau of Regulation and Licensing
    1 West Wilson Street Room 534
    P.O. Box 8916
    Madison, WI 53708-8916
    Phone: 608-266-9314
    Fax: 608-267-7252
    Web site:

    Wisconsin Child Care Associations:

    Wisconsin Family Child Care – WFCCA

    Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals – WACYCP


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