early childhood education

August 18, 2016 - 7:45am
In 2011, Wisconsin implemented YoungStar, a child care quality rating and improvement system. The goals of YoungStar included improving the quality of child care within the state, creating an easy way for parents to identify and choose quality child...
April 30, 2013 - 8:00am
  A recent blog post by Governing magazine provocatively titled “How to Craft an After-School Program That Doesn't Suck” points out that benefits of afterschool programming cannot be counted on if kids do not regularly attend. Therefore, it is...
March 28, 2013 - 7:30am
A new Research Brief released by the Forum today digs into the details of another year of data on child care quality following adoption of YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system. Two years after implementation, more...
December 27, 2012 - 8:00am
If it’s December, then it must be time for the Forum’s annual list of its top five research findings of the year.  Last year’s list included findings on MMSD’s daunting capital needs, the dramatic decline in Milwaukee County’s corrections...
April 25, 2012 - 1:15pm
During the debates over Wisconsin's new child care quality improvement initiative, the YoungStar quality rating system, it became clear that an anticipated trade-off for quality improvement was likely to be a reduction in the number of child care...
January 29, 2012 - 8:00am
In June 2010, in the wake of detailed media accounts of widespread fraud in the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy system and growing evidence that high-quality child care promotes positive academic outcomes, the Wisconsin Legislature approved a...
December 16, 2011 - 8:00am
In June 2010, Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance approved YoungStar, a new quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for the state’s nearly 8,500 child care providers. YoungStar supporters believe the new system will improve the overall...
April 29, 2011 - 8:35am
New results from a statewide survey of 1,425 child care providers show that Milwaukee County providers compare favorably to providers across the state with respect to several measures that will be rewarded under the state's new YoungStar child care...
December 13, 2010 - 8:15am
The Forum recently received a communication from a national research group detailing its top five findings this year. That got us to thinking about our top five research findings of 2010. The competition was stiff, but here they are, in...
December 8, 2010 - 8:00am
The Forum's latest report on early childhood education finds the original goals of welfare reform produced state child care policies that had detrimental impacts on child care quality and that may be difficult to reverse under YoungStar, the state’s...

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