For grownups who care about kids
Parents, child care providers, grandparents, educators and other caregivers.

Partners and Affiliates

Business partnerships

The Parenting Place works in partnership with businesses to meet employees’ child care needs. Programs may be designed to offer information on enhanced referrals and on-site seminars. Seminar topics include: Choosing Quality Child Care and Juggling Work and Family. We also offer articles that can be included in your company newsletter.

Community partnerships

We work independently and cooperatively with early childhood organizations and decision makers to establish:

For more information call (608) 784-4519 or (800) 873-1768.



Birth to 3

The Parenting Place is the La Crosse County provider for both the Birth to 3 program.

If you need to reach your Birth to 3 therapist or teacher about an appointment, please call Coulee Children’s Center at 608 787-5572.


The Parenting Place is the La Crosse County provider for YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care provider rating program.

Wisconsin First Step

Outside La Crosse County, Wisconsin First Step serves as the Central Directory for Wisconsin’s Birth to 3 program.

Compass Wisconsin: Threshold

Compass Wisconsin: Threshold is the doorway for families to apply for children’s long-term support (CLTS) services for families that live in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board is committed to mobilizing research and practices to prevent child maltreatment in the state. With support from the Prevention Board, children across Wisconsin can grow up in safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.