Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : YoungStar Improves Child Care Centers in Milwaukee

A recent report from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum indicates that the quality of child care in Milwaukee County is improving due to child care providers participating in YoungStar, a child care rating system managed by the Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families.

YoungStar logo with parent holding child's hand
Courtesy of DCF
YoungStar was created by the Legislature and Governor in 2010. According to the YoungStar webpage, YoungStar drives quality improvements in child care throughout the state of Wisconsin by:
  • Helping providers who want to improve the quality of their care
  • Creating financial incentives that encourage providers to deliver better services to children
  • Giving parents the meaningful information they need to make informed child care decisions for their children—at home and away from home              
  • Supporting ongoing child care quality improvement by linking higher quality care to higher Wisconsin Shares payments and helping prevent fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program  
To learn more about the impact YoungStar has had on child care statewide visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here you'll find YoungStar Monthly Statistics starting with Sept. 2011 to current. Each month there is a report that includes a narrative that describes what the numbers mean in relation to the progress the program is making. 
Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning