Licensed child care slots in Wisconsin

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Why This Indicator Matters

The number of licensed child care slots gives an accurate picture of total program capacity for regulated out of home early care and education services.

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Definitions: Licensed child care slots include those in group child care (eight or more children in a group center) and family child care (four to eight children in a private home) providing care and supervision of children under age 7. The data includes the sum of day time child care capacity. Sites with night time child care capacity were not included (night capacity is determined by whether a program is approved to offer care between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am). The data used was end-of-the-year licensing data. Licensing is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

Data Source: These data are from unpublished reports provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Bureau of Regulation and Licensing.