Child care providers are important partners in the support of healthy child development. Wisconsin requires licensure of certain child care providers, and the licensing requirements include regulations about various quality measures including nutritious food and active play.
As a part of its extensive work in the child care setting, The Public Health Law Center has reviewed the child care licensing laws to identify the how the setting is defined and regulated. The review also identifies the public health requirements for child care providers (nutrition, active play, screen time limitations, etc.).
This resource compares scientifically-based best practices with Wisconsin’s child care licensing regulations on healthy eating, active play and screen time limits. To see this analysis in an interactive 50-state map, click here.
This resource identifies the child care licensing language that impacts screen time in child care settings.
This resource identifies the child care licensing language defining and exempting child care settings.
Wisconsin State Regulations and Statues
Wisconsin Child Care Regulations (current through May 2017)
- WI Administration of Child Care Funds
- WI Child Care Certification (including Child Care Centers and School-Age Programs)
- WI Day Camps for Children
- WI Family Child Care Centers
- WI Group Child Care Centers
Wisconsin Child Care Statutes (current through July 2016)
- Content Pending
Child Care Highlighting Protocol
- Child Care Highlighting Protocol - The Public Health Law Center has reviewed the child care licensing regulations to identify how the setting is defined, how it is regulated, and who is exempt from regulation. The review also identifies public health requirements (nutrition, active play, screen time limitations, etc.), as well as other indicators, such as playground safety, equity and environmental contaminants. Licensing regulations were downloaded from state websites and highlighted.
An Emerging Approach: Voluntary Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Programs (2015)
- Statewide voluntary health recognition programs represent a promising new model for promoting broad implementation of healthy eating and physical activity standards. This resource explains this approach, and discusses ideas and key considerations for exploring this strategy in Wisconsin. http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/phlc-fs-WI-Voluntary-Healthy-OST-Recognition-Programs-2016.pdf
Recreational Use of School Property
- See our Wisconsin School District Resources: Recreational Use of School Property Webpage for more information about how to support and create opportunities for access to safe, affordable, and convenient recreational facilities.