Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


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

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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DCF Child Care Provider Newsletter

In 2015, the Department of Children and Families combined the YoungStar and Sharing the News newsletters. This new publication will continue to share important YoungStar and Wisconsin Shares Subsidy program information directly with YoungStar-rated child care providers.

The newsletter is published quarterly and is mailed directly to providers. Additionally, newsletters are also posted on this page in PDF format.

If you wish to receive an email notice about the latest issue posted to this page, please submit your subscription request on the Child Care Email Signup page.


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How to Apply

How to Apply

Almost any Wisconsin child care provider can participate in YoungStar. It only takes a few simple steps to apply. Get started today.

How to Apply

FAQs for Providers

FAQs for Providers

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Resources for Providers

Keep growing with YoungStar. We have the articles, self-assessment tools, lesson-planning tips and more to help your program shine.

Resources for Providers