Last Friday, January 22, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) representatives joined Governor Jim Doyle at Malaika Early Learning Center in Milwaukee as he announced details of YoungStar, a new five-star quality rating and improvement system for Wisconsin child care programs. WECA believes this program will: improve the overall quality for children in child care, provide a tool for parents to identify and select quality child care, create incentives to improve services to low-income children, link quality to Wisconsin Shares payments, and provide a mechanism to further prevent fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program. We urge organizations and individuals to join us- the largest professional association of early childhood educators in our state-in taking a stand for high quality child care for Wisconsin’s youngest citizens by supporting this program.
YoungStar sets a five-star rating system for child care providers based on education, learning environment, business practices and the health and well being of children. Training and technical assistance funding within the program will provide opportunities for child care providers to improve their program and better serve the children in their care. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will submit the final plan for YoungStar to the Joint Finance Committee in the coming weeks.