Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


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

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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Little girl fingerpainting.Formal Rating and Environment Rating Scales

In YoungStar, a formal rating requires the child care programs to have an Environment Rating Scale (ERS) observation performed within some of their classrooms. ERS tools provide an overall picture of the environment that has been created within an early childhood setting. The scales are used in YoungStar for programs who want to earn a 4 or 5 Star rating. In-depth information about the scales is available on the Environment Rating Scales Institute (ESRI) website.

The following document contains tips for programs that have decided to pursue a Formal Rating in YoungStar.


Choose the Environment Rating Scale that best fits the type of care you provide and the age of children in your care:

Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS)

Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R)

Additional Resources

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R)

Additional Resources

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS)

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R)

Additional Resources

School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)

School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale-Updated (SACERS-U)

Additional Resources


General ERS Resources