Wondering Why You Should Apply to YoungStar? The best reason for participating in YoungStar is the opportunity to improve both your program's quality and the outcomes of the children in your care. YoungStar will provide you with functional guidelines, comprehensive resources, and hands-on support to help you make sensible changes that lead to improved quality outcomes. Have a question? Contact a local YoungStar office or the Child Care Information Center (CCIC) for help. Click on the items below to learn about even more benefits available through Youngstar. Technical Consultation Programs that participate in YoungStar can request free support from a Technical Consultant (TC) who will not only help you navigate the YoungStar program, but will help you reach your quality improvement goals. Your program can receive technical consultation each year to help you improve the quality of your business and teaching practices. YoungStar Technical Consultants are regionally located at 10 Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies throughout the state. Find the CCR&R agency in your region. Micro-Grant Award Every program that completes a certain amount of technical consultation and creates a Quality Improvement Plan based on a self-assessment can apply to receive a YoungStar micro-grant. Each micro-grant can be used to fund/purchase materials, resources, and/or professional development to support the quality improvement goals of participating child care providers. The amount of a micro-grant is determined by the type of program: Licensed Group or School-Age Program - $1000 Licensed Family Program - $500 Certified Family Program - $250 Short-Term Operational Program - $200 For more information about micro-grants, please visit Supporting Families Together Association. Training and Professional Development Opportunities The Department of Children and Families funds a variety of professional development opportunities that can help you grow in your profession. Providers can earn credits or credentials with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, connect with communities of practice for networking and support, and access low-cost training opportunities through local YoungStar offices and other training partners. To find out more about T.E.A.C.H. and other professional development opportunities, visit Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. To find training opportunities in your region, visit the YoungStar training page. YoungStar Quality Adjustment Programs rated 4 or 5 Stars receive YoungStar Quality Funds directly from DCF to support them in maintaining high-quality practices. These quality adjustments are awarded monthly, based on the total amount of subsidy funds authorized to the program. Learn more about YoungStar Quality Adjustments. A Quality Rating Participating in YoungStar gives your child care program a state-recognized star rating that reflects your programs quality teaching and business practices. Your participation also means that your program and star rating will be searchable by families looking for child care through the YoungStar Child Care Finder. Still not sure, check out YoungStar's Shining Stars for stories of programs that have improved their quality with the help of YoungStar.