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Children whose families receive Wisconsin Shares childcare subsidies in Wisconsin

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Why This Indicator Matters

Wisconsin Shares is the child care subsidy program available to low-income working families. Programs that participate in Shares must also be rated as 2 Star or higher in the state's YoungStar Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers.
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Definition and Source



Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program for low-income families. Children in this program are eligible to receive care in licensed, certified, and “provisionally” certified settings.

The number of children in Wisconsin Shares represents an average of the number of children in this program in each month of the year. Many children do not receive subsidies for the entire year. In some cases, data are not available (and are listed with N.A.).

These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020.

Data Source

Data are from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' Shares Children Served by Local Agency report.

Last Updated

October 2023