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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Find Your Local YoungStar Office

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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daycare-kids-workbench2017-2018 YoungStar Quality Rating Indicator Information and Points Detail

Providers who want to participate in YoungStar must agree to accept payments from families participating in the Wisconsin Shares subsidy program by completing the YoungStar Contract and submitting the form to their local YoungStar office. Providers must complete a YoungStar Contract for each individual child care site, even if they are owned or operated by the same person or organization.

2017-2018 YoungStar Points Detail

These documents provide a high-level overview of the areas in which providers can earn points and star ratings in YoungStar.

2017-2018 YoungStar Evaluation Criteria

These documents provide an in-depth explanation of how each point in YoungStar is evaluated and scored. These documents are used by the YoungStar Raters to rate programs. The version available now will be used for any programs that have anniversary dates on or after January 1, 2017 and also for all providers who apply to YoungStar for the first time on or after January 1, 2017.

  • Evaluation Criteria for Group Providers: .
  • Evaluation Criteria for Family Providers: .
  • Evaluation Criteria for School-Age Providers: .
  • Evaluation Criteria for Day Camps: .

Revisions for 2017-2018

We have revised the YoungStar quality indicators for 2017-2018. The version available above will be used for any programs with anniversary dates on or after January 1, 2017. New programs that apply for YoungStar for the first time on or after January 1, 2017 will also be rated using these criteria.

A document outlining the changes to YoungStar for 2017-2018 has been developed to help providers who are renewing their YoungStar Contracts.

Changes to YoungStar for 2017-2018:   English     Spanish

If any updates for clarification are made to the evaluation criteria within a calendar year, the updates will appear at the bottom of this webpage.


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