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ERIC Number: ED566708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching for the Stars: Examining YoungStar and Its Effect on the Quality of Milwaukee County's Afterschool Workforce
Peterangelo, Joe; Carlson, Virginia; Henken, Rob
Public Policy Forum
The authors' recent research has revealed that most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County have received relatively low ratings, and that their biggest hurdle to improving their scores often involved the educational qualifications of program staff. In light of the potential consequences of that finding--which include the possibility that the supply of afterschool providers could diminish because of the financial penalties imposed by YoungStar, Wisconsin's child care rating and improvement system, on poorly-rated providers--they determined that further analysis was warranted to explore the opportunities available for afterschool providers to enhance the educational qualifications of their staff. Their research is guided by the following key questions: (1) What educational standards do state policies establish for the staff of afterschool programs in Wisconsin, and how are programs in Milwaukee County doing in meeting those standards? and (2) If staff education is the most common hurdle preventing afterschool programs from improving their quality ratings, how high is the hurdle and how can it be overcome? The first section of this report reviews how afterschool programming overlaps with early childhood care in Wisconsin with regard to state licensing and funding. Next, the authors analyze data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and The Registry--an independent organization responsible for evaluating the educational credentials of child care professionals in Wisconsin--to gauge the extent to which staff education poses an obstacle for afterschool programs aspiring to improve their YoungStar ratings. Finally, they examine the potential to close training gaps for afterschool workers in Milwaukee County by assessing the supply of relevant coursework offered at area colleges and universities, the costs associated with those courses, and the availability of state resources to support afterschool professional development. Three case studies are also included that illustrate the varying degrees to which afterschool programs in Milwaukee County rely on Wisconsin Shares funding to support their programs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Argosy Foundation; Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation; JP Morgan Chase Foundation; LISC Milwaukee
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin; Wisconsin (Milwaukee)