YoungStar News Read the latest YoungStar and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families press releases to learn what's new and see how YoungStar is making a positive impact on Wisconsin's children and child care programs. YoungStar Validation Study Released 6/2/2016 Analysis from the Wisconsin Early Child Care Study, also known as the YoungStar Validation study, shows YoungStar differentiates among programs of varying observed quality. Specifically, programs rated 2 Stars had lower observed levels of quality than programs at the 3-5 Star levels. The differences were statistically significant and meaningful. The data revealed that children in the study were performing in accordance with national norms and increased their child assessment scores over the course of the school year and would enter school ready to learn. However, analysis of the data did not support the conclusion that children in higher rated YoungStar programs predicted higher levels of school readiness compared with children in 2 Star programs. Please see the Executive Summary and Reports below for more information. Executive Summary of the Wisconsin Early Child Care Study Wisconsin Early Child Care Study Report: Component One Wisconsin Early Child Care Study Report: Component Two YoungStar Transition Announcement 4/21/2016 The Department has selected Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to administer all YoungStar services beginning July 1, 2016. We are actively working to make this transition for YoungStar participating child care providers as smooth as possible. Please visit our YoungStar Administration page for the most up-to-date information. Wisconsin Child Care Providers Receive Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Awards 5/15/2015 In recognition of twenty-eight Wisconsin counties plus the WREA Consortium meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, the counties' human services departments were presented with a Certificate of Excellence today by the Department of Children and Families. Wisconsin Counties Receive Award for Child Care Performance in Wisconsin 5/15/2015 In recognition of twenty-eight Wisconsin counties plus the WREA Consortium meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, the counties' human services departments were presented with a Certificate of Excellence today by the Department of Children and Families. Governor Walker Declares April 12-18 "Week of the Young Child" in Wisconsin 4/13/2015 Governor Walker has signed a proclamation in honor of the National Week of the Young Child, April 12-18, 2015. Early childhood care and education programs throughout Wisconsin are celebrating the Week of the Young Child to underscore how important the early years are for children and for Wisconsin New Grants Improve Education Opportunities for Child Care Providers 12/5/2014 Improving the quality of early childhood education just go easier for child care providers in Wisconsin. Recently the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced the award of Educational Opportunities Grants to eight Wisconsin institutes of higher education that will begin offering early childhood education courses in January of 2015. YoungStar Program Improves Early Childhood Education Throughout Wisconsin 10/10/2014 The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently rewarded YoungStar rated child care programs for making significant improvements in quality in two different ways. First, a celebration to recognize 4 and 5 Star rated providers was held in Madison at the Crown Plaza. Second, individual financial awards are now being distributed to programs in the YoungStar quality rating and improvement system for doing the work needed to increase their YoungStar rating. Wisconsin's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Launches New Website 4/3/2014 Follow Wisconsin as we "Race to the Top" with the new website dedicated to the state's innovative efforts in the area of early childhood development. The website features information on Wisconsin's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (ELC) and the ten collaborative projects aimed at enhancing quality early childhood education. Four-Star rated Child Care Providers Receive Rate Increase 12/27/2013 The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) today announced a substantial increase to the Wisconsin Shares reimbursement rate for four-star rated child care providers. Effective December 29, 2013 child care providers who have earned a four star rating under the YoungStar quality rating and improvement system will be awarded a 10% bonus above the maximum reimbursement rate set by DCF, up from the previous 5% bonus. Partnership Improves Milwaukee Child Care, Prepares to Expand 10/23/2013 A pilot program designed to increase the quality of child care in Milwaukee by offering low cost, non-traditional education opportunities to workers in child care centers rated a 2 Star by Wisconsin's YoungStar quality rating and improvement system will expand throughout Wisconsin.