About Us

Childcaring was formed by uniting two organizations — Child Care Connection, Inc. and Child Care Resource and Referral — to make quality child care available to all in Adams, Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Taylor, Waushara, and Wood Counties in Wisconsin.

Childcaring Service Brochure

Childcaring Service Flyer

Childcaring Annual Reports

2022 / 2021 / 2020 / 2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 2013

Form 990 (Guide Star)

What We Do

We are community-based experts who make child care work by: connecting families with child care services, developing child care professionals, and collecting data that impacts communities.

We help families find child care. Families receive a free customize list of regulated child care providers that match their criteria (age of the children, type of care, days/times care is needed, etc).

We work to increase the child care supply in areas that may lack sufficient care, and offer technical assistance and training to potential and existing child care programs.

We help community agencies develop solutions to the complex child care challenges in our service delivery area.

Board of Directors

  • Barry West, President – Waushara County
  • Tina Smith, Vice President – Adams County
  • Joan Krohn, Secretary – Lincoln County
  • Michelle Rantala, Treasurer – Langlade County
  • Annett Mooney – Marquette County
  • Jackie L. Carattini, Wood County
  • Brittany Mews, Clark County
  • Joseph Greget, Taylor County
  • Tara Guelzow, Marathon County
  • Lynda Fernholz, Portage County

Childcaring is funded in part by United Way Agencies; government and corporate contracts; local grants and foundations.

With increasing demands for services, a donation would be greatly appreciated. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support quality child care in central Wisconsin.  >> Donate Now <<

“Funding for YoungStar is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.”

Non Discrimination Disclaimer

Childcaring services provided are not influenced or affected by a customer’s or client’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability unrelated to ability to do a job, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Childcaring is a member of Child Care Aware® of America (National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies), and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA).

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware® of America works with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. Child Care Aware® of America’s vision is that every family in the United States has access to a high quality, affordable child care system. The child care system supports children’s growth, development and educational advancement and creates positive economic impact for families and communities.

The organization’s mission is to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. This work is strengthened by a national network of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies and diverse members and partners. To achieve this mission, the organization leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)

Supporting Families Together Association is Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one. Our core membership consists of Wisconsin’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) and Family Resource Centers (FRCs). Our individual membership is made up of other like-minded individuals.

What Do We Do?

As a statewide organization, we positively impact the world of early childhood by ensuring that effective programming is available statewide, resources are strategically leveraged and maximized, and meaningful connections, relationships and systems are built. We do this by providing services and supports, including:

  • Program management
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Organizational development
  • Professional development
  • Systems building
  • Professional networking


  • Quality Early Care and Education: SFTA is committed to working with our community-based organizations to advocate, educate and build Wisconsin’s capacity to deliver high quality early care and education experiences to all of Wisconsin’s children.
  • Healthy Children: SFTA is actively engaged in a broad range of prevention and health promotion efforts that are designed to create better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin’s children.
  • Strong Families: SFTA provides concrete support to families in a strength-based and evidence-informed way.
  • Responsive Systems: SFTA builds systems and supports to early childhood that result in opportunities for all children to reach their highest potential.

Visit the SFTA website for more information!