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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.

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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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YoungStar Optional Self-Assessment Tools for Family Providers

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Self-Assessments are tools for child care providers to step back and take a big-picture look at the quality of care they are providing. These tools will help family child care providers like you look at many aspects of your programs and determine the areas where you may want to improve. Once your have completed a Self-Assessment, you can work with a YoungStar Technical Consultant to make a Quality Improvement Plan to raise the quality of your program. Whether it is taking one training or just getting help with your budget, YoungStar staff are here to help your stars shine brighter every day.

Wisconsin child care providers may preview the tools detailed below by borrowing them on two-week loan from the Child Care Information Center. The only cost is return postage at the economical library rate. Email CCIC at ccic@dpi.wi.gov or call them toll-free at 1-800-362-7353.

YoungStar Self-Assessment Tool for Family Providers

This self-assessment tool is designed to help family child care providers become aware of important indicators of quality. The tool helps providers assess space and furnishings; personal care routines; literacy and language components; indoor activities and outdoor activities; interactions of staff, children and adults; program structure and provision for children with disabilities; and promotion of acceptance of diversity. Additionally, the tool helps the provider assess contract and program policies, program practices, professional development, and community supports.

Grow in Quality Self-Assessment Tools for Family Providers

A two-part tool, designed to assist with development of meaningful plans for program improvement by family child care providers

Part 1 consists of the Materials and Practices Assessment Tool:

M = Materials (the number of materials accessible to the children, the quality of the space available in which to use the those materials, and the adequacy of the amount of time that the materials are accessible to children)
A = Age-appropriateness (developmentally appropriate materials, in a range of complexity, to meet the needs of all children)
P = Plan (observation of the classroom, looking at the lesson plans, and teacher assessing whether there is evidence of alignment between classroom materials and daily activities)
 

Part 2 consists of the Professional Practices Assessment tool with considerations of global practices: Staff development, Business management, and Family involvement.

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R)

The scales define environment in a broad sense and guide the program to assess the arrangement of space both indoors and outdoors, the materials and activities offered to the children, the supervision and interactions (including language) that occur in the  family child care home, and the schedule of the day - including routines and activities. The support offered to parents and staff is also included.

Business Administration Scale (BAS) for Family Providers

Designed to measure and improve the overall quality of business practices in family child care settings. Providers can easily set goals to improve business practices for their family child care business. This instrument provides a picture of the quality of business practices that support the program.