2019/20 YoungStar Evaluation Criteria and Points Detail Providers who want to participate in YoungStar must agree to accept payments from families participating in the Wisconsin Shares subsidy program. Providers will need to complete a YoungStar Contract and submit it to their local YoungStar office. YoungStar Contracts need to be submitted for each child care site that a provider owns or operates (even if owned or operated by the same person or organization). If you have any questions about this process, please contact your local Youngstar office. Summary of Changes to YoungStar for 2019/2020 YoungStar refined its 3 Star educational threshold for Lead Teachers/Group Leaders and Family Child Care providers. This change will reduce cost and other structural barriers to higher education completion and support family child care programs. YoungStar now requires 3, 4, and 5 Star programs to demonstrate Developmentally Appropriate Environments (DAE) through evaluating materials, interactions, and learning centers. **See the Resources menu below for information on a Free Online DAE Training YoungStar simplified the rating criteria language for Family Engagement and reduced the options available to the four indicators that most align with child outcomes. Document outlining the above changes: English Spanish Click on each menu option below for more information and resources 2019/2020 YoungStar Evaluation Criteria These documents provide an explanation for how each point in YoungStar is evaluated and scored. Evaluation Criteria for Group Providers English Spanish Evaluation Criteria for Family Providers English Spanish Evaluation Criteria for School-Age Providers English Evaluation Criteria for Day Camps Short-Term Operational Programs English Companion Document This is a companion document for the YoungStar Evaluation Criteria and provides a more detailed look at the various quality indicators. Companion Document English Spanish 2019/2020 Youngstar Points Detail These documents provide a high-level overview of the areas in which providers can earn points and star ratings in YoungStar. Points Detail for Group Providers English Spanish Points Detail for Family Providers English Spanish Points Detail for School-Age Providers English Points Detail for Short-Term Operational Programs English 2019/2020 Minimum Point Requirements Document explaining the minimum number of points necessary to achieve a particular star level in YoungStar. Minimum Point Requirements English Spanish Resources to Support Developmentally Appropriate Environments (DAE) Developmentally Appropriate Environments (DAE) Free Online Training This free training supports programs in understanding the new YoungStar Quality Indicator B.1.3 (required for all 3, 4, and 5 Star rated programs beginning in 2019). Participants are guided through each component required to earn this indicator, while also learning how to create environments that are supportive for kids at varying ages. Successful completion of the training will earn the participant 2 hours of continuing education credit that will automatically be verified on the individual’s Registry account. Steps for registering for this online training, available in English or Spanish, can be found at the following links: English Directions Spanish Directions For further registration assistance, contact The Registry at 608-222-1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Supporting Varied Levels of Difficulty Supporting Varied Levels of Difficulty and Addressing Different Learning Styles - PowerPoint This presentation opens according to the user's individual computer preferences. Press F5 to view the presentation in full screen with the included animations (recommended) Making Adaptations for Children with Special Needs Tips for Adapting Toys and Materials for a Variety of Needs Kara's Kit - Mini Posters - Adaptation ideas (both general and for specific learning areas) Presentation - Developmentally Appropriate Environments for All For more information and resources on creating accessible learning environments, see the Early Childhood Inclusion webpage Fostering Positive Interactions with Children Open Ended Questions and Statement Ideas Providing Descriptive Feedback Learning Center Ideas and Templates for Documenting Learning Standards Preschool Learning Center Material Ideas School-Age Learning Center Material Ideas Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) Template School Age Curricular Framework (SACF) Template Observation Checklists Group Child Care Family Child Care Day Camp School-Age Environment Kit Idea Guides 0-12 Month Guide 12-24 Month Guide 24-36 Month Guide Environment Kit Materials List Evaluation Criteria and Point Detail Documents from the prior year can be found on our Archived Criteria page.