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ERIC Number: ED566709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
YoungStar in Wisconsin: Analysis of Data as of July 2014. YoungStar Progress Report #5
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) designed to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar is designed to: (1) evaluate and rate the quality of care given by child care providers; (2) help parents choose the best child care for their kids; (3) support providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality early care; and (4) set a consistent standard for child care quality. YoungStar evaluates the quality of care given by regulated child care providers and rates them from 1 to 5 Stars, with 5 Stars being the highest rating, similar to ratings for hotels, restaurants, or other types of businesses. A provider's Star rating is based on these criteria: (1) Educational Qualifications and Training; (2) Learning Environment and Curriculum; (3) Professional and Business Practices; and (4) Child Health and Well-Being Practices. In November 2010, the DCF contracted with a consortium to deliver specified YoungStar services in six regions in the state. The Consortium is made up of three agencies: Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Supporting Families Together Association, and Celebrate Children Foundation. The Consortium is responsible for: (1) YoungStar administration for six regional areas of the state; (2) technical assistance to early care and education providers; (3) providing ratings via observation and assessment; (4) administering micro-grants to help programs improve; and (5) public outreach and communication to provide parents with concrete and understandable information on how to choose child care programs. This report, the fifth in a series of WCCF reports tracking the progress of Wisconsin's YoungStar program provides key findings and analysis of data as of July 2014 in the following areas: (1) Children: Quality ratings of their child care settings; (2) Programs: Quality ratings and YoungStar participation; (3) YoungStar regions: Analysis; and (4) Analysis. Appended are (1) Background; (2) YoungStar Regions; (3) List of Figures; and (4) More information about YoungStar and Early Childhood Issues. [For "YoungStar in Wisconsin: Analysis of Data as of July 2014. Executive Summary: Key Findings and Analysis," see ED566698.]
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. 555 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703. Tel: 608-284-0580; Fax: 608-284-0583; Web site: http://www.wccf.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Alliance for Early Success; Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation; Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin