YoungStar Trainings to Begin – More Q&A Sessions Added

When YoungStar was approved on June 23, $1.5 million was allocated for immediate training and technical assistance activities in 12 select counties throughout the state. These extra trainings are designed to prepare the early childhood workforce for the start of YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system.

To learn more about what training and technical assistance will be available- and where– attend a Q&A Session hosted by DCF. Secretary Reggie Bicha has been traveling across the state and meeting with child care providers to announce this array of NEW YoungStar Trainings. New locations were just added and include:

HAYWARD
Wednesday August 25- 9am
Northwest Connection Family Resource Center
16076 W. Hwy 63

EAU CLAIRE
Wednesday August 25- 12:30pm
Brighter Beginnings Early Learning Center
1612 Truax Blvd.

More sessions to come!
To RSVP send an email to Julie Schultz at DCF.

Keep up-to-date on YoungStar trainings in your area as they are scheduled by following our blog, signing up for our Professional Development eNews, and visiting the YoungStar Training section of our website. WECA is committed to providing accurate information and assistance on YoungStar to all early childhood professionals across the state. Please visit our resource page here or check out our webinars that describe each of the YoungStar sections here. These resources were created to help programs decide what they can do now to prepare for YoungStar ratings.

YoungStar Trainings to Begin – Attend a Q&A Near You!

When YoungStar was approved on June 23, the bi-partisan Joint Committee on Finance approved $5.6 million to be immediately provided to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for a variety of services. Within this $5.6 million, $1.5 million was allocated for immediate training and technical assistance activities in 12 select counties throughout the state. These extra trainings are designed to prepare the early childhood workforce for the start of the full YoungStar program in late 2010 or early 2011. Immediate training/technical assistance will be on a variety of topics including: WMELS (WI Model Early Learning Standards), SEFEL (Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) pyramid model, accreditation support, health & safety, and business practices.

To learn more about what training and technical assistance will be available– and where- attend a Q&A Session hosted by DCF. Secretary Reggie Bicha will be traveling across the state and meeting with child care providers to announce this array of NEW YoungStar Trainings.

Plan to attend a meeting that fits your schedule and locale:
KENOSHA
Monday, August 9 10am
Almost Home Academy – 1760 22nd Ave.

MILWAUKEE
Monday, August 9 2pm
Child Development Center of St. Joseph – 1600 West Oklahoma Ave.

RACINE
Wednesday, August 11 5pm
Next Generation Now – 1220 Mound Ave.

JANESVILLE
Thursday August 12 1pm
Community Day Care Center Inc. – 3103 Ruger Ave.

LACROSSE
Friday August 13 1pm
Bluffside Day Care Center – 2910 Gillette Street

More sessions to come!
To RSVP send an email to Julie Schultz at DCF.

Keep up-to-date on YoungStar trainings in your area by following our blog, signing up for our Professional Development eNews, and visiting the YoungStar section of DCF’s website here. WECA is committed to providing accurate information and assistance on YoungStar to all early childhood professionals across the state. Please visit our resource page here or check out our webinars that describe each of the YoungStar sections here. These resources were created to help programs decide what they can do now to prepare for YoungStar ratings.

WECA discusses YoungStar on “For the Record”

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association’s executive director Ruth Schmidt joined Department of Children and Families secretary Reggie Bicha on For the Record this weekend. They discussed early education and the proposed child care quality rating and improvement system, YoungStar. Watch the full interview by clicking on the link below.

For The Record: Early Childhood Education.

The interview comes at an important time as the future of YoungStar is currently being discussed in the legislature. The Joint Finance Committee- the group responsible for deciding whether or not the system will be funded- will hold a meeting on YoungStar on Wednesday June 23 at 10am.

Milwaukee Child Care Summit Announced

The Unity Caucus and Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) recently announced a child care summit in part to address concerns that the child care community has raised in response to changes in background checks, Wisconsin Shares, and quality ratings. According to a press release sent from Senator Taylor’s office:

“The summit will offer advice ranging from how to open a day care center to questions about receiving micro-loans. In addition, information about Wisconsin Act 76, the recent changes to the Wisconsin Shaves Program, will be shared and discussed…The event seeks to teach individuals the inner workings of an audit and what one must do during the procedure. Questions will also be answered about any possible issues or concerns one might have about child care centers and how to use the proposed YoungStar system.”

Experts will be available to answer questions and will include Secretary Reggie Bicha, Joyce Mallory (executive director of the Malaika Early Learning Center), a representative of Jo’s Daycare Academy, and attorney Felicia Miller Watson.

The summit will take place on Saturday February 27th between 9 am and 1 pm at the Greater New Birth Church, 2207 West Center Street. For more information, you can contact Senator Taylor at 608.266.5810.

YoungStar Announcements Continue this Week

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is continuing to travel across the state this week to hold special local announcements for the proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System, YoungStar.

DCF would like to invite YOU to join them at these special announcements- all will feature DCF Secretary Reggie Bicha. Here are the latest dates, times, and location for these announcements:
Wednesday, February 10 in Appleton: 10:30 am at Project Bridges Day Care Center, 803 East College Avenue, Appleton
Wednesday, February 10 in Green Bay: 3pm at Encompass Early Education and Care Inc., 1275 University Avenue, Green Bay
Thursday, February 11 in Stevens Point: No time or location known as of yet.
Thursday, February 11 in Wausau: 3pm at Wausau Child Care Inc. Franklin Center, 721 Franklin Street, Wausau
Friday, February 12 in Eau Claire (RESCHEDULED TIME): 9:15 am at Luther Midelfort Child Development Center, 540 Fulton Street, Eau Claire
Friday, February 12 in Holmen (NEW): 12:30 pm at Garden of Friends Family Child Care, 903 Amy Drive, Holmen
Friday, February 12 in Hudson (NEW): 3:30 pm at Hudson Community Children’s Center, 824 Fourth Street, Hudson

If you are planning on attending an event, please email an RSVP to Julie E. Schultz at juliee.schultz@wisconsin.gov. Come one, come all!

YoungStar to be Announced in 10 More Locations Across the State

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) has declared that they will be traveling across the state to hold special local announcements for the proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System, YoungStar. The first two of these events are being held today in Janesville and Beloit.

DCF would like to invite YOU to join them at these special announcements- all will feature DCF Secretary Reggie Bicha and are scheduled on the following days:
Tuesday, February 2 in Madison: 1 pm at Kids Express Learning Center, 3276 South High Point Road, Madison.
Wednesday, February 3 in West Allis: 10 am. No location known as of yet.
Thursday, February 4 in Eau Claire: 11 am at Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center, 1612 Truax Boulevard, Eau Claire. CANCELLED
Thursday, February 4 in St Croix: 3:30 pm. No location known as of yet. CANCELLED
Monday, February 8 in Platteville: Morning, UW Platteville Children’s Center, 1 University Plaza, Platteville.
Monday, February 8 in Fennimore: 1:30 pm at SW Technical College.
Wednesday, February 10 in Appleton: 10:30 am at Project Bridges Day Care Center, 803 East College Avenue, Appleton
Wednesday, February 10 in Green Bay: 3pm at Encompass Early Education and Care Inc., 1275 University Avenue, Green Bay
Thursday, February 11 in Stevens Point: No time or location known as of yet.
Thursday, February 11 in Wausau: No time or location known as of yet.

If you are planning on attending an event, please email an RSVP to Julie E. Schultz at juliee.schultz@wisconsin.gov. Come one, come all!

YoungStar to be Announced in Janesville and Beloit

YoungStar

Copyright Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Next Monday, February 1st, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) invites YOU to join them at a special announcement for Wisconsin’s proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System, YoungStar. Two events will take place- one in Janesville and one in Beloit- and each will feature DCF Secretary Reggie Bicha.

Join State Representative and Speaker of the House Mike Sheridan along with DCF at the 10:30 am Janesville event at KinderCare, 3327 East Milwaukee Street, Janesville. The Beloit event will take place at 2:30 pm at the Child and Family Head Start Center, 1221 Henry Avenue, Beloit.

If you are planning on attending either event, please email an RSVP to Julie E. Schultz at juliee.schultz@wisconsin.gov. Come one, come all!