Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

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Shining 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 Shining Star providers are shining examples of how providers can improve their care and give children the best start in life.

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Quality Improvement is a Process


shining star gunderson child care center

Nicole Schabow and Jenny Johnston of Gunderson Child Care Center share their story of how quality improvement is a continuous process that takes dedication and requires support.  Taking it one step at a time, teachers at Gunderson learned about assessing children's development and using that information to plan developmentally appropriate activities that meet children's interest. 

Learn more about Gunderson's efforts to continuously improve program quality.

Dedicated to Child Care for 40 Years

sandy amundson 40 years

After finding few care options for her own children, Sandy Amundson began her career opening her own child care program in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1986. In 1990, she began working at Faith Child Care and has spent nearly the past 30 years working to improve quality and create a sense of "family". 

Learn how YoungStar helped support Sandy's commitment to quality.

grandma sandy shining star the environment

The Environment Makes the Difference

While collaborating with YoungStar Consultants and ERS Observers, Sandy Miller of Grandma Sandy’s Learning Den identified barriers and created improvement plans to support her goal of a 4 or 5 Star rating. Sandy values continuous quality improvement and is excited to become a formally-rated provider.

Read more about Sandy Miller’s experience with YoungStar.

Theresa Lyons - 5 Star

5 Stars Feels Great!

Theresa decided it was time to get recognition for the great things that were happening in her program. She agreed to a formal rating and earned a 4 Star rating. One year later, a 5 Star rating was achieved.

Read more about Theresa Lyons' journey to 5 Stars.

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.

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.