Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Disclaimer

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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Child care providers will receive emails on topics related to YoungStar and child care quality improvement.

Find Your Local YoungStar Office

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

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YoungStar Training and Professional Development

Graphic of training related wordsYoungStar supports the ongoing training and professional development of Wisconsin's child care providers so they can deliver the highest level of care to the children they serve. Onsite technical assistance is available to help YoungStar participating programs plan for continuous quality improvement. Providers can choose to earn credits or credentials with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, connect with communities of practice for networking and support, and/or access low-cost training opportunities through local YoungStar offices and other training partners. Interested providers can also receive individualized coaching to improve their teaching practices or to support the quality of interactions, relationships, learning environments, and more. 
 

YoungStar Training

Training opportunities are available to early care and education programs throughout Wisconsin. The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant content and information that supports the learner and ensures quality in all early care and education programs.
Trainings are offered in the following categories:

  • Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • Business & Professional Practices
  • Health & Well-Being

Explore the YoungStar supported trainings in your area by browsing the YoungStar Training Calendar

Search for training and consulting services using The Registry's Statewide Training Event Calendar

 

Professional Development

For child care programs participating in YoungStar, professional development is provided through onsite technical assistance by a YoungStar Technical Consultant. This shared decision making process supports child care programs as they set professional development goals for program administration and staff. The Technical Consultant can provide guidance to programs as they discuss and define their professional development goals. Technical Consultants offer a complete selection of professional development services and are the first level of support for child care providers.

  • Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) is an individualized form of professional development available to programs participating in YoungStar. During the PBC process, a coach works with a provider to identify specific teaching practices they would like to improve. A coach will assist the provider in creating an action plan to achieve their goals, while providing support, observing progress and sharing feedback. If you are interested in learning more about PBC, ask your program's Technical Consultant. They are there to help.  
     
  • Providers that are interested in going back to school can receive financial support from YoungStar through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin program. T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available to support early childhood providers and staff in accessing credit-based instruction. To find out more information, visit the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin scholarships web page or call 1-800-783-9322 (select option 3 when prompted).