Child Care Funding (Wisconsin Shares)

How to apply in Waupaca County

Child Care Subsidy Program Eligibility Guidelines

Qualifying activities:

A parent must participate in one of the following activities to be eligible for child care subsidy:

  • unsubsidized work
  • attend high-school (if a teen parent under 20 years of age)
  • participate in W-2 employment program
  • participate in employment skills training and continue being in unsubsidized employment
  • participate in Food Stamp Employment and Training work search or work experience programs
  • as a W-2 applicant participate in up-front job search, training, or orientation activities.

Income Eligibility Requirement:

To be eligible, the family's gross monthly income must be equal to or less than 185% of Federal Poverty Level.

Once the family is eligible, the gross monthly income can increase up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level.

Type of Child Care:

If the parent is approved for child care financial assistance, the child must be enrolled in a regulated care setting:

  • A licensed day care center
  • A licensed family day care home
  • A certified family day care home
  • A child care program run by a public school.


The parent's share of the cost is determined on a sliding scale depending on the family income, family's size and number of children in subsidized care, and the type of child care service chosen.

  • The co-payment can be as low as 5% of the family gross income
  • The program is designed so that the family co-payment should not exceed 12% of the gross income, if the parent chooses a provider with prices within maximum reimbursement limits.

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