Report Child Care Fraud

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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.

YoungStar Training and Professional Development

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YoungStar supports the ongoing training and professional development of Wisconsin's child care providers so they can deliver the highest level of care to the children they serve. Providers can choose to earn credits or credentials with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, connect with communities of practice for networking and support, and/or access low-cost training opportunities through local YoungStar offices and other training partners. 

On-site consultation is available to help YoungStar participating programs plan for continuous quality improvement. Interested providers can also receive individualized coaching to improve their teaching practices or to support the quality of interactions, relationships, learning environments, and more.

Training Opportunities

Training Calendars

Training opportunities are available to early care and education programs throughout Wisconsin. The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant content and information that supports the learner and ensures quality in all early care and education programs.

Trainings are offered in the following categories:

  • Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • Business Professional Practices
  • Health & Well-Being

Explore virtual training offerings and trainings in your area by browsing the YoungStar Training Calendar on the My YoungStar Connect webpage.

Search for training and consulting services using the Wisconsin Registry's Statewide Training Event Calendar.

YoungStar Developed Trainings

Revised 2021/22 Developmentally Appropriate Environments Training

This online training focuses on the updated Developmentally Appropriate Environment (DAE) indicator in the 2021-22 YoungStar Evaluation Criteria. The DAE indicator is required for programs wanting to earn a 3, 4, or 5 Star rating. The updated evaluation criteria requirements will be effective for each program when they are rated in 2021-22. Participants will have the opportunity to go through each item within the DAE indicator to better understand the requirement. Videos, work samples, and other examples of implementation will be used to help the participant understand how to apply the practices within their own learning environment.

Esta capacitación en línea se enfoca en el indicador Developmentally Appropriate Environment (Entornos apropiados para el desarrollo) (DAE) actualizado en los Criterios de evaluación de YoungStar 2021-22. El indicador DAE es obligatorio para los programas que desean obtener una calificación de 3, 4 o 5 estrellas. Los requisitos actualizados de los criterios de evaluación serán efectivos para cada programa al momento de la calificación 2021-22. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de revisar cada ítem del indicador DAE para entender mejor el requisito. Se utilizarán videos, muestras de trabajo y otros ejemplos de implementación para ayudar al participante a entender cómo aplicar las prácticas dentro de su propio entorno de aprendizaje.

For further registration assistance, contact the Wisconsin Registry at 608-222-1123 or email

Professional Development Opportunities

YoungStar offers the following professional development opportunities for participating providers.

On-site Consultation

For child care programs participating in YoungStar, professional development is provided through on-site technical assistance by a YoungStar Technical Consultant. This shared decision making process supports child care programs as they set professional development goals for program administration and staff. The Technical Consultant can provide guidance to programs as they discuss and define their professional development goals. Technical Consultants offer a complete selection of professional development services and are the first level of support for child care providers.

Practice-Based Coaching

Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) is an individualized form of professional development available to programs participating in YoungStar. During the PBC process, a coach works with a provider to identify specific teaching practices they would like to improve. A coach will assist the provider in creating an action plan to achieve their goals, while providing support, observing progress and sharing feedback. If you are interested in learning more about PBC, ask your program's Technical Consultant. They are there to help.

T.E.A.C.H. and Reward

Providers that are interested in going back to school can receive financial support from YoungStar through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin program. T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available to support early childhood providers and staff in accessing credit-based instruction. To find out more information, visit the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin scholarships webpage or call 1-800-783-9322 (select option 3 when prompted).