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Readiness for Quality Ratings Varies among Milwaukee Afterschool Programs

Milwaukee’s afterschool programs vary considerably in terms of their attitudes about, understanding of, and readiness for new state quality ratings. As of July 2012, all child care and afterschool programs serving school-age children receiving state child care subsidies are required to participate in YoungStar, the state’s quality rating and improvement system. The Public Policy Forum surveyed 64 programs across Milwaukee in June 2012, finding that a significant number were uncertain or pessimistic about YoungStar’s potential impacts on quality.

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