Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) released details on the proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers, YoungStar. In one document DCF describes reasons why a QRIS was created, what the QRIS is proposed to do, and the timeline for implementation. The program is proposed to begin in August 2010 and initial ratings are expected to appear on the DCF website in October 2010. This document also details the recommendation to link Wisconsin Shares reimbursement rates with provider quality. These changes in payment rates-which will increase by 25% for 5 star programs, 10% for 4 star programs, and 5% for 3 star programs-are proposed to be implemented in July of 2011. Read the full summary document here.
In another document, DCF details how programs can earn points, how many points are needed (and what criteria must be met) for each star level, and how family child care programs and child care centers can earn points in different ways. Points are awarded in 4 categories: teacher qualifications/education, learning environment/curriculum, professional practices, and health and wellness. Certain indicators must be met in each of the four categories to reach higher ratings. View the full document here.
Keep visiting our blog and the DCF website as more details about YoungStar are unveiled.