Additional Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Child Care Counts: Emergency Payment Program

The COVID-19 public health emergency has placed unprecedented stress on the child care sector which was operating on razor-thin margins before the crisis, leaving too many families, especially vulnerable families, without access to quality, affordable care.

DCF is supporting the growing demand for child care access for essential workforce families by assisting in the launch of a number of payment programs to support child care providers.

To learn more about this program click here.

Family Support & Resources
Financial Resources
For Child Care Businesses
Mental Health Resources for Employees & Children
Provider Appreciation Day

Provider Appreciation Day® is a special day in May to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.
>> Provider Appreciation Poster <<

>Provider Appreciation Letter to Providers<< (opens in a new tab)">>>Provider Appreciation Letter to Providers<<

Caring for Children With Special Needs
Resources to Support Refugee & Immigrant Families
  • This regularly updated list of trainings, primarily focused on early educators, offers various trainings on topics such as resiliency, cultural competency and trauma-informed care, that would be helpful in supporting immigrant and refugee children and families.
  • SFTA Newsletter (Issue 25), see pages 7-9: Supporting Refugee & Immigrant Families
  • Department of Children & Families, Refugee Resources: This webpage offers Wisconsin-specific and national links to resources, programs and agencies supporting refugee children and families.
  • Department of Health Services, Trauma-Informed Care Resources: These resources will help you to build a foundation of understanding and knowledge to implement trauma-informed care in your work.
Supporting Families Together Association
  • Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)
    Who is Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)?
    SFTA is Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and
    individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one.
    SFTA does this through services and supports including:
    • Program management            • Quality assurance and improvement
    • Organizational development    • Professional development
    • Systems building                    • Professional networking

    What are SFTA’s Priorities?
    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.

    What is SFTA’s Role in YoungStar?

    SFTA’s purpose is to optimize the developmental window of opportunity that early childhood presents for building a strong foundation for life. YoungStar plays a big part in how SFTA works to achieve this.

    SFTA has been with YoungStar since the beginning. Currently, SFTA administers YoungStar micro-grants and completes formal ratings. We subcontract with Wisconsin’s 10 Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies for all technical consultation services. Learn more about SFTA’s YoungStar role.

    Want to Know More About SFTA?
    Speak with an SFTA staff member at 1 (888) 713.KIDS (5437) or visit SFTA’s website for more information.