Is YoungStar valuable for rating child care?
It seemed like a great idea for helping parents find quality day care. The state proposed YoungStar, a Department of Children and Families program, to improve care for young children. It would do so by evaluating and rating the quality of providers and help parents choose the best care through a website. It would support providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality care, set consistent standards and ensure proper use of public funding.
YoungStar was enacted and is now a toddler at age 2. Parents are supposed to be able to check dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngster to determine which providers are good and which ones might be best to avoid. The program rates providers annually on education, learning environment, business practices and the health and well being of children.
In Sunday’s Gazette, reporter Jim Leute detailed some issues with the program.
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Tuesday.