Child Care Subsidy: Only regulated child care providers participating in YoungStar are eligible to receive the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy which helps working families pay for child care.
Child Care Food Program: Regulated child care programs can join a CACFP food program and be reimbursed for the nutritious meals and snacks served to the children in care. Your own children benefit as well.
Commitment and Stability: Being regulated demonstrates your commitment to your job as a child care professional and is one indicator of a quality program.
Peace of Mind: Knowing you are operating a legal child care business will give you a sense of personal satisfaction, as well as providing more confidence for parents seeking quality child care.
Referrals: NCFR is able to refer parents only to regulated child care programs. Once you become certified or licensed and complete our Business Information Form (BIF), NCFR will share information about your program with parents seeking the kind of care you offer (based on location, ages served, days, hours, etc.)
Opportunities for Professional Growth & Networking: Personal and professional support is available from other child care providers and early childhood groups who understand the everyday joys and frustrations of caring for/teaching young children.
Respect: As a regulated child care provider, you are respected as a small business owner and operator who is licensed or certified by a regulatory agency. Caregivers develop a sense of self‐confidence knowing they are providing a quality child care program in their local community.
Business Benefits: Regulated child care providers are qualified to apply for grants or loans, seek small business assistance, and claim income tax deductions.
Support: Technical assistance and consultations with NCFR staff is available to you and your child care program. Regular workshops, training events, and conferences are held for providers to help continue their education and development as professionals, caregivers, and teachers.