Try a free tour of the HiMama app, which excels at saving teachers time by eliminating paperwork, creating digital portfolios and increasing parent engagement. While we aren't directly connected with the Department of Children & Families or its Youngstar program, we love what they're doing and are dedicated to improving outcomes for children and centers in the state of Wisconsin!
Studies show again and again the lifelong benefits of quality child care in an early child’s life. These lifelong benefits include being more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to engage in criminal activity, and earning higher wages throughout their lifetime. Language, math, and socio-emotional skills are also positively influenced by quality child care experiences.
The YoungStar program was established to improve the overall quality of child care in the state so that more children can reap the long-term benefits cited in studies. To achieve this, the program:
Child care providers earn points toward a star rating based on four key areas of care:
These four areas of care make up the 40-point evaluation process used to determine the star rating of the child care provider. A provider can earn and progress from one star to five stars.
Numerous early childhood programs in Wisconsin use HiMama in their licensed child care facilities to meet expectations set out by the YoungStar program. How your center chooses to use HiMama will vary based on the unique circumstances of your community, families, educators and attending children. However, we’ve provided some guidance on how HiMama will assist your early childhood program in achieving a higher rating.
|KEY AREAS OF CARE||HIMAMA APPLICATION|
|The Provider’s Education & Training||
|The Children’s Health & Well-being||
|The Learning Environment & Curriculum|
|The Program’s Professional & Business Practices|
To find a YoungStar provider near you, a parent or caregiver can visit Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families website.
HiMama makes documentation and reporting of children’s learning and development in alignment with Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) quick and easy so that educators can spend less time on documentation and paperwork and more time with children.