Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to promote the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children and Families. The Department is committed to protecting children, strengthening families, and building communities. It also approves and maintains the licenses of child care providers throughout the state. Visit this website to learn more about early care and education, licensing rules and regulations for child care programs, and YoungStar, Wisconsin’s Quality Rating & Improvement System for child care programs.