Change Indicator

Licensed child care slots in Wisconsin

Licensed child care slots

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

The number of licensed child care slots provides information on total program capacity for regulated out-of-home early care and education services.

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Definition and Source



These data represent the number of licensed child care slots available each year. Licensed child care slots include those in group child care (eight or more children in a group center) and family child care (four to eight children in a private home) providing care and supervision of children under age 7. The data are the sum of daytime child care capacity. Nighttime child care capacity, licensed camps, and public school sites were not included (nighttime capacity is determined by whether a program is approved to offer care between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM). This data are a point-in-time count of licensed child care slots as of December 31st each year. Licensing is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020. In some cases, data are not available (and are listed as N.A.).

Data Source

These data are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Care Regulation.

Last Updated

April 2024