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.

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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Department of Children and Families’ public benefit programs will continue during the partial federal government shutdown. Read the full announcement here.

YoungStar Training

YoungStar increases training access for Wisconsin child care providers because ongoing professional development is important to support providers giving the high-quality care children deserve. YoungStar sponsors child care trainings throughout Wisconsin and gives financial support through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin program.Graphic of training related words

Explore the YoungStar supported trainings in your area by browsing the YoungStar Training Calendar

Search for training and consulting services using The Registry's Statewide Training Event Calendar


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin scholarships are available to support program staff in accessing credit-based instruction. WECA Professional Development and Counselors will help you explore your options free of charge and can be reached at 1.800.783.9322 (When prompted, select Option 3.).

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

Training opportunities are offered to all early childhood programs thoughout Wisconsin. these professional development opportunities support quality improvement goals connected to the YoungStar Evaluation Criteria. There are many options that will support a child care provider's learning and growth regarding the learning environment, a programs business practices, and children's well-being. The goals of these training are to provide relevant education and content in order to support adult learners and ensure quality in all early childhood programs. Training are offered in the following categories:

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

Professional Development

For child care programs participating in YoungStar, professional development support is provided in partnership with YoungStar Technical consultants onsite. This shared decision making process supports child care programs as they set professional development goals for program administration and staff. The Technical Consultant will provide mentorship as professional development goals are discussed and defined, and celebrate with the provider as goals are achieved. Technical consultants are the first level of support to child care providers, offering a complete selection of professional development services.