YoungStar: We’re Turning Five!
Five Year Analysis as of July 2015 

YoungStar Progress Report 6, November 2015
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 by Wisconsin Shares can voluntarily participate in YoungStar.

Read the report here.

Publications by Policy Area

Child Safety

All kids deserve a safe and nurturing upbringing at home and in their community. They should ride in proper car seats, be safe from gun violence, and live in homes where parents understand the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Early Education

Research has shown that the first five years play an enormous role in a child's ongoing development and future success. Since most kids are in a child care or preschool setting while their parents are at work, it's critical that we invest in a high-quality early education system that provides the experiences kids need for healthy development.

Family Economic Security

Economic stability is one of the more important determinants of a child's well-being. We believe making sure families have the supports they need to work for livable wages and climb out of poverty is one of the biggest keys to improving the lives of children.

Health Care

Every family needs and deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care services. People covered by health insurance are healthier, make less use of expensive emergency room services, do better in school and at work, and are more economically stable. The Affordable Care Act, enacted by the federal government in 2010, has brought dramatic changes to the health care landscape across the nation and in Wisconsin. One of the ACA's key features is a health insurance marketplace through which eligible people can buy coverage beginning in 2014. One of the most critical issues regarding how health care reform plays out in Wisconsin will be the marketplace's ability to accommodate the large number of low-income people who are being forced by changes in BadgerCare eligibility rules to purchase their own insurance. For much more information about the new health coverage marketplace see the federal governments website, and the Wisconsin enrollment outreach site

Juvenile Justice

All kids deserve fair treatment in court. WCCF seeks to ensure that kids are treated through the juvenile court so their developmental needs can be better accounted for throughout the court and rehabilitative process. See information about the Second Chance Bill, which would return first-time, nonviolent 17-year-old offenders to the juvenile system. WCCF is a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which helps support and enhance the work of state-based groups to promote the reform of America’s critically flawed juvenile justice system at every level.  

Race to Equity

Race to Equity is a comprehensive approach to engaging leaders and community members in Dane County in a broader, solution-oriented dialogue aimed at reducing the profound and persistent racial disparities in health, education, child welfare, criminal justice, employment, and income that plague the nation, state, and county. For more information, visit our Race to Equity website.

Tax and Budget

The state budget and the taxes that help finance it have a huge impact on children and families. The budget provides most of the funding for vital government services, such as education, health care, transportation, child welfare and other safety net programs. For more detailed analysis, visit the Wisconsin Budget Project website. For a variety of materials related to the most recent state budget, visit our All Things 2013-15 State Budget page.

Wisconsin Budget Project

The Wisconsin Budget Project is a WCCF initiative that is engaged in analysis and education on state budget and tax issues, particularly those relating to low and moderate income families.

WisKids Count

WisKids Count tracks, analyzes, synthesizes, and communicates data about the health and well-being of children and families in Wisconsin. WisKids Count is a part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count project which seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. The Kids Count Data Center provides access to a wide range on data on indicators of child well-being in Wisconsin. Using the tools in the Data Center, you can easily create a profile of your county or school district. For more information on how to use the Kids Count Data Center, see our instructional presentation.