YoungStar has Begun- Apply now!

Applications are now available for YoungStar!
Celebrate Children Foundation, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) have been chosen to manage YoungStar across the state. We are ready to begin the work of supporting early education programs as they demonstrate the quality of care they offer to Wisconsin’s youngest children.

YoungStar applications are now available. Staff from WECA and Resource and Referral Agencies are ready to work with programs and statewide trainings are being planned. Apply now and don’t miss out on the following opportunities:

• Programs can choose to receive FREE, individualized technical assistance as a participant in YoungStar. Don’t wait in line for this assistance!
• Programs that receive 3 stars or higher could receive increases in Shares payments as early as July, 2011. Don’t miss out on this chance to increase your revenue!
• Programs that participate in YoungStar can request and receive FREE technical consultation and may be eligible for micro-grants for quality improvements!
• Programs that participate in YoungStar, are in regulatory compliance, and are currently accredited through approved accrediting bodies will automatically receive 4 or 5 stars!
• Parents will be able to view program ratings online on December 13th- make sure your program is visible for parents searching for care!

Application for Group Program (Part 1/ Part 2)

Application for Family Child Care Program (Part 1/ Part 2)

After you have completed your application, please submit both forms to your YoungStar regional office (find it here).

To receive the most accurate assessment, make sure:

• The Registry has all the information it needs: All family child care providers, group child care program directors, and group child care lead teachers should have current individual Registry profiles. Click here to visit The Registry for more information.
• Group child care directors have a CURRENT program profile on The Registry: Center directors can update their program profile here.

Watch and Learn with our YoungStar Informational Webinars!

Do you have questions about how YoungStar could affect your program? Do you want to learn more about how program ratings occur and how programs can advance their own quality? We cordially invite you to join us for a FREE informational webinar series on YoungStar, the proposed quality rating and improvement system for child care providers in Wisconsin. Experts in the field, family and group child care providers, and representatives from the Department of Children and Families will be on hand to discuss the system. View one or more of these one-hour events to learn more about each of the four sections within YoungStar. There will be time to address questions from viewers during each event.

We will be presenting the following webinar events:
Monday May 17, 1-2pm: Overview and Learning Environment & Curriculum section of YoungStar
Wednesday May 19, 1-2pm: Health & Wellness and Professional Practices sections of YoungStar
Wednesday May 26, 1-2pm: Staff Qualifications section of YoungStar

Sessions are free of charge but registration is required. Simply click here to register for one or more sessions. Once registered, a link will be sent to you for use on the day of the session.

*Note: WECA will be offering one-hour of continuing education credit through The Registry for participation in each these events.