DWD: Hispanic Child Care Providers Gain Information about the Child Care Subsidy System

Contact: Rose Lynch, Communications Director, (608) 266-6753

“What Providers Should Know About Child Care Assistance for Families:
A Targeted Effort to Reach Hispanic Families and Providers”

Madison – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that the department has developed a brochure in Spanish which explains the child care subsidy program. The brochure was created for use by Hispanic child care providers.

“What Providers Should Know About Child Care Assistance for Families: A Targeted Effort to Reach Hispanic Families and Providers” is written in Spanish and English to inform Hispanic child care providers about the child care subsidy system. Approximately 1,500 copies have been distributed to agencies that serve Spanish-speaking people in Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to make this information available to our Spanish-speaking child care providers. The child care subsidy program helps low income families afford child care while they work. This brochure helps to get information on this important program to as many people as possible in their native language,” said Secretary Gassman.

The Child Care Subsidy Program, Wisconsin Shares, assists low-income families to pay for child care services. The program is administered by local Wisconsin Works (W-2) agencies and county or tribal human services agencies. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development oversees the statewide Child Care Subsidy Program. Child care is one of several support services Wisconsin provides to working low-income families, besides Medicaid and BadgerCare health insurance, FoodShare, child support collection, and earned income tax credits.

The brochure can be viewed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/providers/provider_access.pdf. Contact the Child Care Information Center at cci[email protected] or at 1-800-362-7353 for a copy of the brochure.

More information about the child care subsidy program, Wisconsin Shares, can be found at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dws/programs/childcare/wishares/default.htm in English or at http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dws/programs/childcare/informacion.htm in Spanish.