Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal related to child care and early learning is disappointing. For those hoping for a significant strengthening of YoungStar and adjustments in Wisconsin Shares payment policies will find little to cheer about, except for a modest change in the YoungStar tiered reimbursement system.
Two years ago the Wisconsin Legislature approved YoungStar with strong bipartisan support. This was a prudent investment to improve early learning for children from low-income working families receiving Wisconsin Shares subsidy payments.
This report analyzes YoungStar developments as of July 2012, including the percentage of children in higher-rated settings, variations across YoungStar regions, efforts to help child care programs improve, and the challenges facing child care providers, particular those rated at the 2-Star level.
This report describes the remarkable progress made in the rollout of YoungStar statewide, including information on ratings statewide and by region, efforts to help programs improve, and considerations and challenges for the future.
This WCCF research brief provides a provider’s eye view of YoungStar, based on interviews of 50 family child care providers in Milwaukee, with analysis of their responses and comments from the interviewees.
As universal public 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) continues to expand across the state, many are not aware that 4K has a history going back over 160 years. The first kindergarten in the United States was founded in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856, shortly after the first “kindergarten” was opened in Germany in 1837 by Friedrich Fröebel.
This comprehensive report explores trends in early care and education (ECE), and also reviews ECE systems in other states and provides options for Wisconsin to consider in planning for an effective statewide early learning system.
Why is there such an unusual consensus about the effectiveness of high-quality early learning programs from leaders in business, economics, law enforcement, and government? The answer has a lot to do with scientific evidence about brain development and the effectiveness of early childhood intervention efforts.