Department of Children & Families - Wisconsin Shares Program
The Department of Children & Families has financial assistance available for low-income families. For more information see http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/childcare/wishares/eligibility.htm or call (608) 242-7441.
City of Madison Child Care Program
The City of Madison Child Care Program provides financial assistance for low-income parents living in Madison who are working, looking for work, or going to school. Parents may also qualify if their child has special needs, or if they have a family crisis. For more information, call (608) 267-4996 or visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/commserv/CommunityTAP.html.
Head Start programs are available at little or no cost for families who meet enrollment guidelines. Programs include full- part-day and home-based options for children from birth to five years of age. Call (608) 267-6740 to find out about specific programs in your area, to determine your eligibility and to enroll your child.
Contact the Human Resource Department where you are employed
Talk with the Human Resource Department where you work. Ask if the employer offers a "cafeteria benefit plan" (flexible spending account) and if child care is included. If so, you can have your child care expenses deducted from your paycheck before taxes.
Some community groups offer scholarships. Check with your faith community, child care centers, neighborhood centers and your school or parent-teacher organization.