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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.

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Find Your Local YoungStar Office

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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daycare-kids-workbench2019/20 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.  

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.


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:

For further registration assistance, contact The Registry at 608-222-1123 or email support@the-registry.org.

Supporting Varied Levels of Difficulty

Making Adaptations for Children with Special Needs

Fostering Positive Interactions with Children

Learning Center Ideas and Templates for Documenting Learning Standards

Observation Checklists

Environment Kit Idea Guides 


Evaluation Criteria and Point Detail Documents from the prior year can be found on our Archived Criteria page.