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Searching for childcare? These community organizations can help.

Call City of Madison Childcare Assistance (608) 267-4996 for more information.

Childcare Resources

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  • Reach Dane
    Families interested in enrolling in Head Start/Early Head Start can call (608) 275-6740 or email
  • Community Coordinated Child Care (4C)
    If you need help finding a childcare provider, you can call a referral specialist from Community Coordinated Child Care (4C) at 608-216-7022. You can also complete a referral intake form and find more information at the 4C website.
  • MSCR Cares
    All-day childcare program (September 8 - October 30) for MMSD students. The program provides indoor and outdoor activities in a group setting. Registration must be received by Friday, August 21 at 4:00 pm to attend the first day of program (September 8). Call 608-204-3000 or click on the link above for program information.
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
    Childcare assistance to low income families is available through the Wisconsin Shares Program. Call 1-888-794-5556 or apply at the link above.
  • City of Madison Office of Community Services
    Madison families who are not eligible for Wisconsin Shares may be eligible for the City’s child care tuition assistance program. Call (608) 267-4996 or visit Office of Community Services Childcare Assistance Program webpage at the link above.

For advice on how to make decisions about childcare during the pandemic visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) webpage.. You can also see ratings, compliance with health and safety for licensed childcare providers at the DCF’s YoungStar page.