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Finding childcare can be one of the most challenging tasks. This listing is by no means complete nor will it ever be a massive listing of providers - I have mainly listed services and tools for parents to research childcare or place an ad. I don't know the history of each individual service or listing - it is a good idea and the responsibility of the parent to interview, check backgrounds, tour facilities, and/or call references for any potential child care provider.

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where to post childcare jobs

UW Job Board - Parents can place ads for free, browse ads that other parents have posted for reference, and manage your listing.

Madison Craigslist. Free to post listings, and many childcare workers/babysitters post availability on there too!

community resources

Community Coordinated Child Care : 4-C -"The Resource and Referral Department maintains a database of all regulated child care programs within our five county service delivery area (Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, and Sauk counties and the Ho-Chunk Nation). Referral Specialists assist parents with their search for early care and education for their children. Information from our database provides parents with a current list of regulated child care professionals that allows parents to locate care to meet their specific needs. 4-C Referral Specialists also provide enhanced referrals to enable single and/or low-income parents to enter AODA outpatient treatment by providing child care funding."

Wisconsin's Licensed Child Care Search - Wisconsin's Licensed Child Care Search contains information on the location and regulatory history of the almost 6,000 child care centers licensed by DCF. This information is provided to assist you in locating and learning more about licensed child care centers in your area. Through the Licensed Child Care Search, you can search for licensed child care by county, city, zip code or facility name. Once you have located a child care center, you can review the facility's licensing information including compliance history and enforcement actions.

childcare placement services - Offering Wisconsin parents a free searchable database of licensed child care providers in the state.

Cultural Care Au Pair - Today's busy parents face many concerns. Among those challenges is the search for safe and dependable childcare that is both flexible and affordable. For many parents the solution is hosting a Cultural Care au pair. Cultural Care Au Pair's childcare and cultural exchange program offers families flexible, live-in childcare with a unique international perspective. Your au pair lives with you as a member of your family and your children benefit from a one-to-one relationship with a committed and caring live-in companion. All Cultural Care au pairs are between the ages of 18 and 26, proficient in conversational English and have documented childcare experience. At an average cost of $300/week, this type of childcare option is one of the cheapest ones in the great Madison Area.

Contact: Carol Grabins, Local Childcare Coordinator. Phone: (608) 335-0143 E-mail: [email protected] or visit us on line at:

AuPairCare - Give Your Child a World of Opportunity!
Since 1989, we have assisted families nationwide in finding the best live-in childcare available! When you welcome an au pair from another country into your home, you not only gave superior childcare assistance, you expand your children's horizons by introducing them to new languages, cultures and traditions. No other type of childcare provides this unique and flexible opportunity-all in the safety and security of your own home! AuPairCare has successfully placed more than 30,000 au pairs with American familes throughout the United States. As one of the first agencies designated by the US Department of State, AuPairCare has extensive network of professional staff committed to bringing you the very best au pair experience. AuPairCare has been servicing the Madison area for almost 2 years now! With a local Area Director, you and your au pair have ongoing support! Surprisingly affordable, the cost breaks down to less than $270/week regardless of the number of children you have! AuPairCare is also one of the agencies with an Infant Specialized Program! Contact us today for more information! Visit our website at or email our local Area Director, April Ripp, at .
Mention this ad on Moms in Madison for a $99 application fee! That's a savings of over $200!!

Perfect Match Nannies & Sitters, Inc.
Exceptional service & expertise. Unparalleled. We are located in Southern WI & are committed to providing our clients a high level of expertise and personal service for every childcare need. PMNS gives back by supporting many community service projects & is a member of many industry organizations. Please see our website for details. Proud accepted member of the Association of Premiere Nanny Agencies, where only the most professional agencies in the country are members. Placing: Nannies, Parent Helpers, Home Managers, Governesses & Sitters.

• Personal in-home orientations with all family clients • One-year placement guarantee
• Ongoing monitoring of your placement's criminal/DMV records for duration of employment

Pre-screening of all caregivers presented to your family:
• Five (5) highly-detailed and verified childcare references • Social Security Track • DMV/MVR Records • Criminal History • Civil Records • Federal Records • Sex Offender Search • Web searches

Babysitter Connections - The first online babysitter resource developed exclusively for Madison area communities, The site serves as a 24/7 resource for families looking for qualified, educated babysitters in Dane County.  At, registered members search for a responsible babysitter by location or availability, review the matching profiles and make contact with their babysitter of choice.

While You're Out, LLC is a professional babysitting referral service that is setting a new and exciting standard for child care services. How often have you had to cancel an evening out or turn down an invitation due to inadequate child care? That's where we come in!

We do all the leg work. You no longer have to make several phone calls to end up with no one. Make one phone call or send one email to us and we’ll take care of the rest. When you call While You’re Out, LLC for a sitter, feel comfortable in knowing that all sitters have been interviewed and screened personally by the owner and director, Cheri Ress, owner and a Madison mom!

Daycarematch is a national childcare directory dedicated to bringing parents and childcare providers together. When choosing a childcare, parents need more information than just the provider's name and address. Parents can search for providers in their area and browse listings that can include photos, education, experience, sample daily schedules, and much more. Providers can create a listing for free and change their information as often as they like.

Melissa Newby and her husband started Daycarematch after looking for childcare for their son and realizing thereweren't many online resources.

Nanny Connections has specialized in the placement of childcare professionals in private homes since 1998. We provide a safe, detailed service that eliminates time-consuming investigative work a successful search requires and provide protection from many exhausting phone calls and public exposure generated through self-placed ads. We place full-time and part-time nannies and every candidate referred through our service is screened the following ways prior to placement:

• Preliminary Phone Interview
• Application, Autobiography and Resume
• Structured Interview Process
• Written Evaluations
• Childcare Reference Verifications
• Criminal Background Investigation
• Department of Motor Vehicle Check
• Detailed "Profile Packets" Created For Your Review

Visit our website for more information at or call 608-230-6894




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wisconsin links

Wisconsin Caregiver Program (including Background Checks) - Wisconsin's Caregiver Law requires background and criminal history checks of certain personnel who are responsible for the care, safety and security of children and adults.

Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Information Bureau - Information and laws regarding background checks and childcare providers.

Wisconsin Records Check

Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry


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