COVID-19: Child Care Providers

Preventing and controlling COVID-19 in child care settings poses unique challenges due to the nature of caring for infants and young children, which necessarily involves close contact between children and their caregivers.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is coordinating information and guidance on child care programs, Head Start, and 3- and 4-year-old kindergarten programs and related child care programs.

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At this time, child care programs are encouraged to remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Guidance and Resources

Recommendations will be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The CDC has additional information for program administrators in child care settings.

Outbreak Guidance for Child Care Settings

DHS, in consultation with the Department of Children and Families, has published Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Child Care Settings, which includes comprehensive recommendations for preventing and responding to COVID-19 in child care settings. The document also includes multiple printable resources for child care facilities to use in their own investigations and prevention activities.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' (DCF) COVID-19 webpage features a variety of resources including:

Last Revised: May 10, 2021

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