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Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2016
This report examines the conflicting public policies in child care and their implications. The policy analysis tracks the history of two major child care programs, the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program and the YoungStar Quality Rating and Improvement System. While YoungStar shows promising trends in improving the quality of early care…
Descriptors: Child Care, Public Policy, State Policy, Educational Quality
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2015
This report is the sixth in a series of Wisconsin Council on Children & Families (WCCF) reports tracking the progress of Wisconsin's YoungStar program, a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) launched in 2010 to improve the quality of Wisconsin child care programs. YoungStar focuses on children of low-income working families receiving…
Descriptors: Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2014
YoungStar is a five-star quality rating system for child care providers based on education, learning environment, business methods, and practices around child health and well-being. Through this rating system, the state is addressing several key issues in Wisconsin's child care system. The rating system will: (1) Improve the overall quality of…
Descriptors: Child Care, Rating Scales, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
Taylor, Ken – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2014
As the United States continues to become a more diverse nation, much work remains to be done to ensure that all children, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have the opportunity to thrive. A policy report recently published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that children of color face immense barriers to success in key categories of…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Students, White Students, Equal Education
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2014
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…
Descriptors: Child Care, Rating Scales, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
Bergman, Emily – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2014
While only a minority of children who have been abused or neglected engage in delinquent behavior, they are at a significantly higher risk. When youth do become involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, they present unique needs that require collaboration between the numerous systems and people involved in their lives. The…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Youth, Delinquency
Edie, Dave – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2011
YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) created 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…
Descriptors: Parents, Child Care, Young Children, Child Caregivers
Edie, Dave – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2011
YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) created 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…
Descriptors: Child Care, Parents, Young Children, Child Caregivers
Edie, David; McNelis, Deborah – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2008
Parents are children's first and foremost teachers. In today's world, a second significant influence on children ages 0 to 5 is the teachers or caregivers who provide child care and early education. Wisconsin's young children typically spend significant amounts of time in early care and education (ECE) programs, like family child care homes, child…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Care Centers, Public Policy
Edie, David; Schmid, Deborah – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2007
For decades researchers have been aware of the extraordinary development of a child's brain during the first five years of life. Recent advances in neuroscience have helped crystallize earlier findings, bringing new clarity and understanding to the field of early childhood brain development. Children are born ready to learn. They cultivate 85…
Descriptors: Learning Readiness, Brain, Public Policy, Child Development
Edie, David – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2007
The last quarter century of research on brain development suggests that the nurturing and learning experiences available in the first few years play a strong role in shaping a child's development. Babies are born with a remarkable intrinsic ability to learn. The foundation for a child's intellect, personality and skills is established in the first…
Descriptors: Young Children, Brain, Longitudinal Studies, Early Childhood Education