Governor Scott Walker has called a special session to make sweeping changes to Wisconsin’s public assistance program. Most of the bills in the Governor’s special session will restrict eligibility for important safety net programs or create administrative barriers to participation in those programs.
In the last six years Wisconsin has been building a new system to increase the quality of child care, with a particular focus on children from low-income working families. The new system is called YoungStar and serves as a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Our report, YoungStar: What Does Research Tell Us, will explore […]
The Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program (WI Shares), launched in 1997 as part of new welfare reform measures, was developed to support low-income families coming off welfare going to work, and to help low-income working families stay off of welfare.
This report is the sixth in a series of 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 assistance from the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy programs. Programs not serving children subsidized […]
The brief describes the remarkable progress made in the implementation of YoungStar statewide, including information on ratings statewide and by region, efforts to help programs improve, and considerations and challenges for the future.
This report is the fourth in a series of 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 assistance from the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy programs.
YoungStar rates the quality of child care programs on a 5-Star scale and is
administered in 6 regions of the state. The analysis in this report is based on
data as of the end of July 2013.
The 2012 child care market survey made available recently shows the impact of frozen child care payment rates in the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program.
After digging into detailed budget papers and talking to key players in developing budget
options for the Legislature, it looks like $5.84 million may be available for increasing child care
payment rates under the Wisconsin Shares program.
The YoungStar quality rating and improvement system is being rolled out, bringing greater focus to the quality of services for children from low-income families supported by Wisconsin Shares child care subsidies.
The trends in YoungStar show a shift toward higher quality ratings. This analysis examines changes over time for child care programs rated by YoungStar and for the children served, broken out by YoungStar ratings from one star to five stars.