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Report Child Care Fraud

If you suspect Child Care Fraud, be a part of the solution. You may remain anonymous. Please fill out the Child Care Fraud Form, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud

Report a Child Care Concern or Complaint

If you have a concern about something going on in a child care facility or you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, please use the drop-down menu on the Tell Us How We Are Doing page to fill out the appropriate complaint form.

YoungStar Program Details

YoungStar is the result of the work of many individuals and organizations over several years. From the legislative process used to create YoungStar to the organizations that are now administering YoungStar in Wisconsin, each of the documents provided on this page give specific and in-depth information about the workings of YoungStar. If you have any questions about any of these documents, please feel free to contact your local YoungStar office or the Child Care Information Center.

YoungStar Specifics



YoungStar Frequently Asked Questions Document An ongoing compilation of the questions DCF receives from parents and providers with answers to these commonly asked questions.

YoungStar Point Detail

Family Child Care - Quality Indicator Point Detail
Group Child Care - Quality Indicator Point Detail

School-Age Care - Quality Indicator Point Detail

Licensed Day Camps - Point Detail

Gives an overview of how child care programs and providers can earn points in YoungStar by demonstrating best practices in child care.
YoungStar PowerPoint Presentation
Provides a visual program overview of YoungStar. "YoungStar: Building the Future by Investing Early".
YoungStar Minimum Point Requirements Describes the minimum criteria that programs and providers need to meet for each YoungStar level.
YoungStar Proposal (January 2010) Provides a broad overview of the background and purpose of the YoungStar program.
YoungStar Administration

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)

Find information about the YoungStar Administrator, as well as details about the work they do in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Interpretations
When using the Environment Rating Scales to evaluate child care programs, YoungStar Rating Observers will allow these slight modifications to the Scales to account for situations unique to Wisconsin.
YoungStar Statistics
Every month, new statistics are posted on the progress of YoungStar in Wisconsin. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information on YoungStar.
Validation of YoungStar
DCF is working with a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to validate YoungStar as an effective quality rating and improvement system.  Read about the plans for validation.

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