Youngstar and You – Myth Busting!

1. Does Youngstar cost anything to participate?
Answer: NO! It is 100% free to participate in Youngstar. In fact, you get up to 8 hours of free consultation on-site and a microgrant ($250 for certified family providers, $500 for licensed family providers, and $1000 for group providers) to spend on making quality improvements in your program!

2. What do I have to do?
Answer: The only requirements to take advantage of the microgrant and consultation is that you complete a self-assessment and make an action plan with goals you want to achieve. We help you every step of the way! Your consultant will then give you a rating that consists of stars and points, based on an evaluation criteria (all of which is optional!) which she will help you understand beforehand and provide resources to help you be as successful as you want to be.

3. What would a consultant do in my program?
Answer: That’s up to you! We can help you with business practices like setting up a budget, or work on curriculum and learning environment. We can help you incorporate more physical activity or literacy into your program. We can help connect you with resources and tools including trainings, continuing education and credit for prior learning. We can do anything you want to do, and we’ll meet with you whenever it’s convenient for you.

4. I heard I will have to get rid of my toys, is that true?
Answer: NO! Although if you want to purchase newer materials for your program, we can order them with your microgrant.

5. Do I have to go back to school to participate in Youngstar?
Answer: NO! While your education level determines in part what star rating you will receive, it is not at all mandatory that you continue your professional education. However, if you are interested in doing so, we can help you do so for very little out of pocket costs.

6. I don’t have any Shares families, why should I participate in a Youngstar technical rating?
Answer: Because you want to be the best childcare provider you can be for your kids, and we have many resources and supports to help you do just that! Childcare is a tough job – we can help you be more effective, more satisfied, and more rewarded in your career!

7. Where can I find more information about Youngstar?
Answer: Family Connections is always happy to answer questions by phone (920) 457-1999, email (info@familyconnectionscc.org), or in person at 2508 S. 8th St in Sheboygan. Lots of helpful information can also be found at http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/
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Youngstar News – 2013

We are excited to begin working with providers on their Youngstar ratings, and have some updates to share with you!

Some changes for Group Care in 2013 include:

- 60 credits post-high school are now accepted in lieu of the Associate Degree when required for point level.

- Group care directors must be on-site at least 25% of their worked hours.

- Staff and Directors will now do their self-assessment together!

Come to any Youngstar Update meeting, or call us for more info on other changes to the Youngstar criteria!  Click here for more info on how to successfully reapply, and see our calendar for upcoming events…

Remember – this year you are strongly encouraged to reapply up to 120 days before your anniversary date, as DCF will not be issuing Shares backpay after July 1, 2013.  We look forward to working with you!

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Child and Adult Care Food Programs

Serving Sheboygan, Manitowoc, or Fond du Lac Counties…

Please contact WECA (1.800.783.9322) or Horizons Unlimited, Inc. (1.800.261.9176) if you would like to be a part of a Child and Adult Food Program, a federal program that helps assure that children and adults in child care settings receive nutritious meals and snacks.