Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


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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 @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.

Rising Stars

YoungStar is supporting child care providers in improving the quality of care for Wisconsin Children. Parents know that child care providers play a very important role in teaching, nurturing and guiding their children toward future success.

YoungStar supports parents and providers in helping children receive the best care possible. These Rising Star providers are shining examples of how providers can improve their care and give children the best start in life.

Share your Story of Quality Child Care.

Next Door Head Start 29th Street, Milwaukee


Angela Lampkin got her start in early education in 1990 when she began working at a Milwaukee child care program geared towards teen moms. It was her first experience in child care as a support person in the infant room, but she was hooked. “I fell in love with the work,” said Angela, “and have been doing it ever since.”

Read more about Next Door Head Start.

shiningstar-visionforward.jpgOur Program "Can Be Different, But Still Be Quality"

The Vision Forward Preschool has worked with YoungStar to transition their center to focus more on inclusive, integrated child care and preschool readiness. YoungStar staff have supported Vision Forward in providing the best care to the children they serve while helping them reach their goals.


Read more about Vision Forward and their YoungStar Experience

Read this and other stories of rising stars here

Milwaukee Rescue Mission - YoungStar Success Story

MRM – Meeting a Community Need

In addition to offering high-quality child care, MRM is a larger organization that offers families basic needs assistance like food, shelter, counseling, job training and other programs. MRM has a Community Liaison who helps engage families and provide information about available programs.

Learn more about MRM’s innovative approach to meeting community needs.


Shining Star - Children's Discovery Center, Steven's Point, WI Children's Discovery Center

Small tweaks in processes and systems have helped Children’s Discovery Center in Stevens Point maintain its 5 Star rating. The program strives to provide high-quality services to their children and families by examining their intentions behind all activities.
Read more about Children’s Discovery Center and their YoungStar experience.

shining-star-bright-beginnings-web.jpg Bright Beginnings in YoungStar

After 6 years in child care, with a 3 Star rating under her belt, Heather is feeling good about where her program is and continuing in YoungStar. She appreciates that when families look at her program as a potential place for their child, her 3 Star rating shows the effort she has put into maintaining the quality of her program.

Read more about Bright Beginnings and Heather Sternitzky.

shining-star-deb-wampfler-web.jpg Open Your Mind to What Might Work for Your Program

After 30 years in child care, overcoming life’s obstacles along the way, Deb wants other child care providers to read her story and realize that no matter their situation, they too can succeed and benefit through YoungStar. “Try it, but keep true to yourselves,” Deb advises. “Open your minds and your eyes to at least listen and see if something else might work for your program.”

Read about Deborah Wampfler's experience in YoungStar.


The Road to YoungStar

After over a decade in the child care field, Tanya Jolma participated in YoungStar, thanks to an event at her local YoungStar office. Tanya's technical consultation focuses on business practices, especially in the areas of insurance coverage and tax information. She finds the technical consulation to be invaluable to her program.

Read about Tanya Jolma's Experience in YoungStar