- A total of 3,338 child care programs were rated on a five-star in the first year of operation.
- 79 percent of the programs received two-star ratings.
- Star levels are considerably lower than predicted in June 2010.
- Group child care centers have significantly higher rating than family child care programs.
- The high percentage of programs rated at the two-star level poses a challenge for YoungStar to increase the number of high-quality programs in the short term.
- An analysis of barriers to progress will be important in the second year of YoungStar, now that it is off to a solid start.
Another YoungStar report was released at the end of 2011 by the Public Policy Forum, focused on Milwaukee: YoungStar at One Year: An analysis of child care quality in Milwaukee . Here are some of the highlights of that report, based on data as of December 2011:
- One-third of Milwaukee centers had 5-star ratings: 35 percent of Milwaukee group child care centers rated had received 5-star rating, compared to 1 percent of family child care providers.
- Many programs are close to a higher rating: Many providers are close to achieving the minimum point totals required for a higher star rating, but may be unable to afford the investments needed to move up the rating scale.
- Education requirements are the greatest hurdle: Meeting the staff education requirements for 3-star programs and above appears to be a major hurdle.