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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
Edie, David – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2016
The report is about the effectiveness of the YoungStar system which provides consumers with a simple 5 Star rating system for the quality of early care and education (ECE) programs for children ages 0 to 5. It also explores what was learned from a recent research study of YoungStar, Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Quality, Rating Scales
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2016
Lead poisoning harms brain and nervous system development and is most detrimental to children resulting in, among other things, reduced attention span, learning disabilities, higher high school dropout rates and delinquency, and higher likelihood of violent crime in adulthood. One major source of lead poisoning in Wisconsin is old housing stock.…
Descriptors: Poisoning, Hazardous Materials, Children, Prevention
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
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2013
Wisconsin is a state that values cooperation and historically has been willing to invest in providing opportunities for success. But there are troubling signs. Childhood poverty is increasing in Wisconsin faster than the national rate. It is easy to think that making substantive changes in poverty in the communities and the state is just too hard,…
Descriptors: Poverty, Children, Childhood Needs, Child Development
Peacock, Jon – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2013
This paper examines new county-level data on uninsured children. It also explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can improve coverage, summarizes particular challenges for ACA implementation in Wisconsin, and outlines options for schools to help children get insurance and the health care they need to succeed in school.
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Children, Census Figures, Federal Legislation
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2013
This report is the fourth in a series of Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) reports tracking the progress of Wisconsin's YoungStar program, a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) launched in 2011 to improve the quality of Wisconsin child care programs. YoungStar focuses on children of low-income working families receiving…
Descriptors: Child Care, State Programs, Achievement Rating, Program Improvement
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
Henderson, Wendy – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, 2008
In 1996 Wisconsin excluded 17-year-olds from being tried in the juvenile court. Initially this was an effort to save resources and improve community safety by incarcerating older teens as adults. At the time of the legislative change, there was little research to suggest that trying youth as adults would improve community safety. Since then,…
Descriptors: Delinquency, Late Adolescents, Court Litigation, Juvenile Justice
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