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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YoungStar Training and Professional Development

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

YoungStar Training

Training opportunities are available to early childhood programs throughout Wisconsin. The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant education and content to support adult learners and ensure quality in all early childhood programs.
Trainings are offered in the following categories:

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

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


Professional Development

For child care programs participating in YoungStar, professional development is provided through onsite technical consultation 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 mentorship as professional development goals are discussed and defined, and celebrate with the provider as goals are achieved. Technical Consultants offer a complete selection of professional development services and are the first level of support for child care providers.

If you're interested in going back to school or taking classes, YoungStar can help. YoungStar provides financial support 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).