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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Find Your Local YoungStar Office

Call 888-713-KIDS (5437).

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YoungStar Updates for 2019/2020

Following several YoungStar Refinement Advisory Committee meetings, feedback from stakeholders, and a review of independent research and DCF's current resources, it has been determined that the YoungStar program will make three important changes to it's rating criteria in 2019/2020.

  1. YoungStar will refine its 3 Star educational threshold for Lead Teachers/Group Leaders and Family Child Care providers. This change will reduce cost and other structural barriers to higher education completion and support family child care programs.
  2. YoungStar will now require programs to demonstrate developmentally appropriate materials, interactions, and learning centers for 3, 4, and 5 Star programs. Trainings around the new DAP requirements are currently in development and will be available to providers by summer of 2018.
  3. YoungStar will simplify the rating criteria language for Family Engagement and has a goal of reducing the current options down to the four indicators that most align with child outcomes.

Changes to YoungStar for 2019/2020 -   English      Spanish

PowerPoint Presentation for 2019/2020 YoungStar Updates - pdf


2019/2020 YoungStar Evaluation Criteria   

These documents provide an explanation for how each point in YoungStar is evaluated and scored. 

  • Evaluation Criteria for Group Providers   English    Spanish
  • Evaluation Criteria for Family Providers   English    Spanish
  • Evaluation Criteria for School-Age Providers   English
  • Evaluation Criteria for Day Camps   English

Companion Document  

This is a companion document for the YoungStar Evaluation Criteria and provides a more detailed look at the indicators.  

2019/2020 Youngstar Points Detail 

These documents provide a high-level overview of the areas in which providers can earn points and star ratings in YoungStar.

  • Points Detail for Group Providers   English    Spanish
  • Points Detail for Family Providers   English    Spanish
  • Points Detail for School-Age Providers   English
  • Points Detail for Day Camps    English

2019/2020 Minimum Point Requirements 

Minimum number of points necessary to achieve a particular star level in YoungStar.

Resources to Support Developmentally Appropriate Environments