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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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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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 (CCIC). 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.

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.