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Dunn County receives award for child care performance

(MADISON) – In recognition of Dunn County’s meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, the Dunn County Human Services Department was presented with a Certificate of Excellence on May 14th by the Department of Children and Families. The award was presented at the annual conference of the Wisconsin County Human Services Association in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

 “In 2014, the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program helped more than 46,000 low income families pay for (the) safe, regulated child care they needed in order to work or prepare for work,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson. “Counties that meet the Department of Children and Families’ high performance standards are doing the best job of helping these families get and keep child care with minimal disruption. We recognize and thank counties for this achievement, which benefits both families and employers.”

Dunn County earned the certificate of excellence by maintaining short phone call wait times and improving document processing for parents in need of child care services. The county agency also met the new standards for a high level of accuracy in eligibility processing.

The new performance standards were put in place in 2013 in consultation between the Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin County Human Services Association. The child care standards exhibited by Dunn County directly translates into a high level of services to families, high accuracy in program administration, and conscientious stewardship of the state and federal funds that support the child care subsidy program.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website at www.dcf.wi.gov for more information on the Wisconsin Shares child care system.