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

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.

Sign up for YoungStar Updates

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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Resources for Providers

We want YoungStar providers to show off the great things about their programs. This is why we have come up with some helpful hints and resources that may help you to raise or maintain your star level. Whether you are just starting on your journey or have been providing care for years, the resources and tools on this page can help you gather insight, evaluate the work you are already doing, and find resources to help your stars continue to rise.


Click on the arrow to view the resources in each category.

How YoungStar Works

Quality Indicators

Learn more about quality indicators in the Evaluation Criteria, Point Detail, and Document Review Checklists.

Education and Training

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching! Keep your Registry Program Profile up-to-date and read about the learning and training opportunities for child care providers.

Learning Environment and Curriculum

Learn about Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Curriculum, Screening and Assessment, Learning Environments, and more.

Environment Rating Scales (ERS)

ERS are tools that provide an overall picture of the environment that has been created for the children and adults who share an early childhood setting.

Visit YoungStar's ERS webpage for resources, tip sheets and other important information.

Early Childhood Inclusion

The YoungStar Inclusion web pages provide helpful tips and resources for child care providers and families. You will find information about what inclusion means, activities and supports, financial supports, ADA definitions, a wealth of resources to assist you, and much more.

Lesson Planning Tools

Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)

Here are some sample Quality Improvement Plans to help guide you. YoungStar encourages programs to start with the 2018 version.

Sample Quality Improvement Plans


The goal of these self-assessments is to help child care providers become aware of important indicators of quality.

Business and Professional Practices

Learn and implement the various business and professional practices that can help you meet YoungStar criteria.

Family Engagement

Engaging families helps them think about what their children should know and be able to do. Learn how you can help families enhance their child's development.

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Family Tip Sheets
Educational Information for Engaging Families in WMELS

Strengthening Families Self-Assessments

Health and Well-Being

We want our young children to develop healthy habits. Here's some tips to help you incorporate healthy practices into your program.

School-Age Tools

High-quality school-age care programs can have positive and lasting impressions on school-age children. Learn more about how your school-age program can participate in YoungStar.

Day Camp Tools