Quality Child Care Initiatives

YoungStar - Wisconsin's Child Care Rating Program

The Department of Children and Family is committed to improving the quality of care for Wisconsin’s youngest children. YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system, is helping to make it happen. Read more about YoungStar.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) is Wisconsin's statewide member association for organizations and individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one. Their core membership consists of Wisconsin's Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) and Family Resource Centers (FRCs). SFTA’s affiliate membership is made up of other like-minded organizations and individuals.

2009 Together Quality Grows Pilot Project

Grow in Quality Project

A pilot project that was conducted to identify key indicators of child care quality and to begin the process of designing technical assistance specific to these quality indicators

R.E.W.A.R.D (Rewarding Education with Wages and Respect for Dedication)

A compensation initiative that rewards workers in the child care and early education field who have reached specified educational levels and stay in the field (see also Wisconsin Early Childhood Association).

Wisconsin Early Childhood Care and Education Resource Listing - Partner Organizations and Initiatives

Early Childhood Acronyms and Abbreviations Listing

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)

The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance to first grade. The standards reflect attention to all the domains of a child's learning and development. Each domain is divided into sub-domains. Each sub-domain includes developmental expectations, program standards, performance standards and developmental continuum. Samples of children's behavior and adult strategies are also provided.

This page includes information on training opportunities, and locating approved WMELS trainers is available at this link.

WMELS 2005-2010 Training Report Summary

Statewide Scholarship Programs

Wisconsin's T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps)

Links training, compensation and the commitment to improving the quality of early childhood care and education experiences for young children and their families. The program administers a scholarship and bonus program for child care workers (see also Wisconsin Early Childhood Association).


Updated November 12, 2014

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