Need Help Paying for Child Care?

Families should not have to choose between affordable care and high quality care – care that provides a safe, stable, developmentally appropriate environment.

There are options for families that may need help paying for child care.

Wisconsin Shares (State of Wisconsin)

Wisconsin Shares provides financial child care assistance to low-income parents who are working or preparing to enter the workforce.

Good Start Grants (Marathon County)

Providing financial assistance for eligible families in Marathon County to ensure they have access to quality, affordable child care. Good Start Grants are intended for families that do not receive child care assistance through Wisconsin Shares and meet the eligibility guidelines. 

If you are a Marathon County resident and are interested to see if your child care program qualifies for Good Start Grants, please contact Rachele at Childcaring.

Good Start Grants is currently receiving or has been funded by the following local community agencies:

Scholarship Aid (Wood County & Portions of Clark County)

The scholarship aid program assists families who find it difficult to pay a child care bill. Currently, the program limits families to a one-time use of funds (Maximum: $1,000). The Scholarship Aid program targets families who are between 185% and 200% of the federal poverty level. Limited-term child care assistance is paid directly to the regulated child care provider.