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Child Care
Who is eligible for child care assistance?

You are eligible for child care assistance whether you receive W-2 or not. In order to receive child care:

  1. First, you must be a parent living with his or her children, a kinship care relative (i.e. grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, adult sibling), guardian, foster parent, legal custodian or other person acting like a parent,
  2. Second, you must need the care for a child who is under 13 years old or a disabled child under 18 years old, (a disabled child is a child who requires more than the usual care and supervision for the child’s age)
  3. Third, you must need the child care in order to work, participate in your W-2 activities (your treatment, school and work), participate in the food stamp work program or for certain school programs.

Can I receive child care while I look for work?

If you are looking for a job while your W-2 application is being processed or you are in a W-2 case management (job-ready) or other work placement you can receive child care while you look for work.

What if I am receiving child care so I can work and I lose my job?

You should report the job loss to your county worker and your W-2 worker (if you have one). If you want to continue to receive child care while you look for a job you must enroll in the W-2 program. You cannot continue to use child care if you are not working or enrolled in W-2.

Can I receive child care if I am a teenager and go to high school?

You can receive child care to go to school if you are under 20 and you need it to complete high school.

Can I receive child care for education programs if I am not in W-2?

Yes, parents and other relatives can receive child care for high school equivalency programs, basic or literacy programs, to learn English or college programs. The parent or other relative must also work a few hours a week. Child care for school for persons not receiving W-2 can only be received for two years.

Do I have to be a citizen or legal alien to qualify for child care?

No, parents who are in this country illegally are eligible for child care but only for children that are citizens or legally residing in the United States.

What are the income limits for child care?

In order to begin receiving child care assistance your family’s income from work and other sources must be at or below 185% of poverty. The current standards are:

  • family of two $2,035
  • family of three $2,559
  • family of four $3,083
  • family of five $3,607
Once you are receiving child care assistance you can continue to receive it until your income reaches 200% of poverty. The current standards are:
  • family of two $2,200
  • family of three $2,767
  • family of four $3,333
  • family of five $3,900

Any child support your family receives will not be counted towards your income. There is no asset limit for child care.

The income standards change each April when the poverty limit is adjusted.

Can I pick my own child care provider?

Yes, you can pick any provider you like so long as she is certified or licensed. You can pick a family home provider or a day care center.

Can I receive child care services in my own home?

Only if it is necessary because of the child’s health conditions or other special circumstances.

How is the day care paid?

Once you are authorized for child care the county pays the child care provider directly.

Will I have to pay anything for my child care?

Most parents and caretakers will have to pay a co-payment.   Teen parents who are in a W-2 family and who attend school do not have a co-payment.   Other teen parents, foster parents and kinship relatives with court orders, will only have to pay a minimum co-payment.   Parents leaving W-2 for a job pay the minimum co-payment for the first month they work.

Your co-payment amount will depend on your family’s income (child support does not count), your family size and the type of child care you use.

What if I want to switch child care providers?

You need to tell your county worker who the new provider is and give the old provider 10 days notice. In most cases the new provider won’t be paid until the 10 days has passed. You do not have to give 10 days notice if there is an emergency situation (for example, you suspect your child is being abused).

Childcare Appeal Rights
What can I do if I am denied child care assistance, my child care benefits are terminated, the agency does not authorize enough child care hours or I disagree with the co-payment amount?

You can request a hearing before the state Division of Hearings and Appeals. You must request a hearing within 45 days of the effective date of the action you are challenging, or the date of the notice you receive, whichever is later

You can mail your request to:

  Division of Hearings and Appeals
P. O. Box 7875
Madison, WI 53707
 

The state hearing office will schedule a hearing within 2-4 weeks of your request.

Legal Action can help you with a hearing. Contact Legal Action in Milwaukee at (414) 278-7722 or toll free at (888) 278-0633.

Applying for Services

Where can I apply for W-2 or child care?

You can apply at the W-2 office for your county. In Milwaukee you need to apply at the region you live in:

  • Northeast - YW
    1915 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
    267-3701
  • Southeast - UMOS
    1673 South 9th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204
    389-6600
  • Central - UMOS
    4030 North 29th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53216
    267-3700
  • Northwest - Maximus
    6550 North 76th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53223
    760-6060
  • Southwest - Maximus
    1304 South 70th Street
    West Allis, WI 53214
    607-0477

If you do not want W-2 benefits and need child care to work and/or go to school you should apply at one of the county offices located at:

  1. Milwaukee County Department of Human Services - Keg House
    111 West Pleasant Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
  2. Milwaukee County Department of Human Services
    1220 West Vliet Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53205
  3. Milwaukee County Department of Human Services - Southside Office
    1673 South 9th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204

Note:    You do not need to be eligible for W-2 in order to receive child care for work, food stamps or medical assistance. There is no time limit on these benefits.
 

In Milwaukee if you only want these benefits you can apply at a county office. You do not need to go to a W-2 office.

In counties other than Milwaukee you should contact your county or human services agency or Job Center to find out where to apply.

Where can I apply for food stamps, medical assistance and SSI-Caretaker benefits?

In Milwaukee, you can apply for these benefits at the county offices listed on the previous page.

In counties other than Milwaukee, go to your county social or human services office.

How do I find out about kinship care benefits?

In Milwaukee, you can call Perez-Pena at 273-1262 or contact your local Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Office.

In counties other than Milwaukee, you should contact the county child welfare agency.

For help --

If you are denied W-2 benefits, you are sanctioned, you are found job ready, you are denied an extension, you are having problems with child care, or any other public benefit problems contact:

  Milwaukee/Waukesha
Legal Action of Wisconsin
230 West Wells Street, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 278-7722
Toll free: (888) 278-0633
Walk-in hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month) 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the 16th Street Clinic (1032 South 16th Street) by appointment only. Call 278-7722 to schedule an appointment.
 
  Dane, Rock, Green, Jefferson
Legal Action of Wisconsin
31 S. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53708
 
  Racine/Kenosha/Walworth
Legal Action of Wisconsin
521 6th Street
Racine, WI 53403
262-635-8836, FAX: 262-635-8838
 
  Brown/Outagamie
Legal Action of Wisconsin
201 West Walnut Street, Suite 203
Green Bay, WI 54303
920-432-4645
 
  Fond du Lac/Winnebago
Legal Action of Wisconsin
404 North Main Street, Suite 702
Oshkosh, WI 54901
920-233-6521
 
  LaCrosse
Legal Action of Wisconsin
205 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 300
La Crosse, WI 54602-2617
608-785-2809
 


Legal Action Home Page

Legal Action Publications Page

Other Publications about Public Benefits in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Works W-2
Se trabaja en Wisconsin W-2

Assistance for Child Care

Cuidado de Ninos

April 2007 Changes in Child Care Payments

Notificacion Importante Sobre Cambios en Los Pagos a La Guarderia

W2 Job Ready

Time Limits in W2

Food Stamps/Food Share



FAQ CHILD CARE/CUIDO de NINOS

1. Who is eligible for child care assistance?

1. Quien es elegible para asistencia para el cuido de niños?


2. Can I receive child care while I look for work?

2. Puedo recibir asistencia para el cuido de niños mientras busco empleo?


3. What if I am receiving child care so I can work and I lose my job?

3. Que pasa si recibo asistencia para el cuido de niños para poder trabajar y pierdo mi empleo?


4. Can I receive child care if I am a teenager and go to high school?

4. Puedo recibir asistencia para el cuido de niños si soy menor de edad y asisto la escuela secundaria?


5. Can I receive child care for education programs if I am not in W-2?

5. Puedo recibir asistencia para el cuido de niños para poder participar en programas educacionales si no estoy en el programa W-2?


6. Do I have to be a citizen or legal alien to qualify for child care?

6. Tengo que ser ciudadano o residente legal para calificar para asistencia para el cuido de niños?


7. What are the income limits for child care?

7. Que son los límites de ingreso para calificar para asistencia para el cuido de niños?


8. Can I pick my own child care provider?

8. Puedo elegir mi propio proveedor de cuido para niños?


9. Can I receive child care services in my own home?

9. Puedo recibir asistencia para el cuido de niños para cuido proveído en mi casa?


10. How is the day care paid?

10. Como es pagado el cuido de niños?


11. Will I have to pay anything for my child care?

11. Tendré que pagar algo para el cuido?


12. What if I want to switch child care providers?

12. Que pasa si quiero cambiar de proveedor de cuido?


13. What can I do if I am denied child care assistance, my child care benefits are terminated, the agency does not authorize enough child care hours or I disagree with the co-payment amount?

13. Que puedo hacer si me deniegan asistencia, si mis beneficios terminan, si la agencia no autoriza asistencia por suficientes horas de cuido o si no estoy de acuerdo con la cantidad que tengo que contribuir al pago?


14. Where can I apply for W-2 or child care?

14. Donde puedo aplicar para W-2 o asistencia para el cuido de niños?


15. Where can I apply for food stamps, medical assistance and SSI-Caretaker benefits?

15. Donde puedo aplicar para estampillas, asistencia médica y SSI - beneficios para cuidador (Caretaker Supplement)


16. How do I find out about kinship care benefits?

16. Como puedo recibir información acerca de beneficios del programa kinship?



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