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 @wisconsin.gov.

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.

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Find Your Local YoungStar Office

Questions?
Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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For Providers

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The education and nurturing you provide makes a big difference in the lives of so many kids and their families. Maintaining a safe, healthy place for children to learn and grow isn’t easy. It takes hard work and dedication.

YoungStar is designed to help Wisconsin’s child care providers succeed. Our simple 5 Star rating system gives providers like you an objective measure of program quality. It rewards excellence and offers programs a clear path to improvement.

YoungStar also offers training programs, technical assistance, micro-grants, and other resources for providers to help you achieve real progress.

To learn more, see our answers to Wisconsin child care providers' most Frequently Asked Questions.

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Participating in YoungStar is Easy

All regulated providers can participate in YoungStar. Providers who accept Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy payments must participate. Any Wisconsin child care provider who serves children from birth to school age can apply to participate, as long as they’re in good standing with state regulations. (Programs that have had their licenses or certifications revoked, denied, or suspended are ineligible.)

YoungStar Tiered Reimbursement

The goal of YoungStar is to improve the quality of child care and reward high quality providers by:

  • Establishing a 5 Star quality rating system for all child care providers.
  • Paying Wisconsin Shares Tiered Reimbursement to 4 Star and 5 Star child care providers.
Read more about Tiered Reimbursement.

Earn Ratings Annually

Each year, YoungStar-rated child care providers go through a 40-point evaluation process that is specific to each program's size and structure. The total number of points a program earns determines how many stars it receives. And that rating is renewed annually, so programs can earn more stars as the quality of care they provide improves.

YoungStar awards up to five stars for the highest quality of care, based on four key categories:

  • The Providers' Education & Training
  • The Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • The Program's Business & Professional Practices
  • The Child's Health & Well-Being

Most ratings are awarded after an on-site review with a YoungStar staff member. But you may opt for an automatically generated rating based on standards you’ve already met. These include minimum state-mandated requirements, nationally awarded accreditations, and program-specific standards like those required of Head Start program participants.


Get the Highest Possible Rating

YoungStar participants can benefit from a variety of training and development services to help them achieve their goals. Here are some tips to help you get the highest possible YoungStar rating—and give Wisconsin’s children the best possible start:

Update Your Registry Program Profile

Remember to maintain your YoungStar-required Registry Program Profile. Enter your staff’s latest education and training information, assign a Lead Teacher/Group Leader to each classroom/group, and keep this information updated. The information you enter is automatically used to determine your YoungStar rating and Wisconsin Shares reimbursements.

By signing a YoungStar Contract, programs agree to keep their Program Profiles accurate and up-to-date. Check out the document at the link below for tips on keeping Program Profiles updated:
http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/pdf/keep_program_profile_updated.pdf

Earn Accreditation

Accreditation is a great way to earn more points and a higher YoungStar rating. YoungStar recognizes accreditations from a variety of well-respected organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the City of Madison, Satellite Family Child Care Accreditation, Head Start Performance Standards, Early Learning Leaders, the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), the Council on Accreditation, and others.

To learn more, read the YoungStar Accreditation Policy.

Build Your Skills

YoungStar offers a number of free and low-cost opportunities for professional development. A YoungStar Professional Development Counselor can help you set goals and measure your progress. Check out our resources for providers for even more planning tools, education and support.

Take a Training

Learn a new skill or brush up on an area of quality that you haven’t visited in a while. YoungStar provides many low-cost or free trainings through the local YoungStar offices. Find a training that works for your schedule and budget.

If you have additional questions, please contact your local YoungStar office. A list of offices can be found at: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/localoffice.htm

How to Apply

How to Apply


Almost any Wisconsin child care provider can participate in YoungStar. It only takes a few simple steps to apply. Get started today.

How to Apply

FAQs for Providers

FAQs for Providers


Still have questions? YoungStar has answers to the questions providers just like you ask the most. It’s the fast and simple way to learn more.

FAQs


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