YoungStar Connect Partners

Our Lead Partner

Shine Early Learning

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At Shine Early Learning, we partner with community-based programs and public systems, honoring the aspirations and cultures of the communities they serve. In collaboration with our partners, we accelerate child and family outcomes and maximize impact for communities. We build capacity and expertise with individual providers and within state-wide educational systems. We make accessible the most innovative data-driven tools, systems, and insights for providers, all while keeping a caring and equity-centered approach at the core of our work. We believe in the power of early care and education to disrupt injustice.

Our Wisconsin Partners

Wisconsin Out of School Time Alliance

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Wisconsin’s families and young people depend on out-of-school-time programs to provide safety, learning, well-being, physical activity, nutrition, friendship, and so much more. The Wisconsin Out of School Time Alliance (WOSTA) provides supports and resources to these programs while also working with policymakers and key stakeholders to create a sustainable structure of high-quality OST programs for Wisconsin children and youth. WOSTA is a partner with the Marshfield Clinic Health System’s (MCHS) Center for Community Health Advancement.

Wisconsin Registry

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The mission of the Wisconsin Registry is to promote excellence in the care and education of children by recognizing and celebrating professional achievements, promoting and supporting personal growth, and designing and aligning career pathways. A Wisconsin Registry certificate is required for all teachers, directors, and administrators in licensed child care programs. This certificate, along with the Learning Record, acknowledges and highlights the training, experience, and professionalism that are vital to quality early care and education.

Erikson Institute

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Erikson Institute, the premier graduate school in early childhood development and education, is committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential. One of the results of that commitment is Town Square, an online learning community created for and with family child care professionals. The Wisconsin Town Square site will be specifically designed for family child care providers and to create online learning modules tailored to the unique context of home-based care.

Satellite Family Child Care System

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The Satellite Family Child Care System has been serving family child care professionals for almost 50 years. We offer ongoing intensive and customized support services to all participating programs and the opportunity to earn family child care accreditation. Family child care programs achieving accreditation through Satellite are assigned a 4 or 5 star by YoungStar.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

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Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), serves and engages the early childhood workforce and supports early care and education in Wisconsin. WECA provides provide professional development guidance and case management in the form of academic, non-academic, and career counseling to requested YoungStar-participating programs. The Business and Professional Practices Specialist creates specialized child care business content and ongoing professional learning for YoungStar coaches that will be delivered through an online community of practice, open office hours, and one-to-one delivery mechanisms.

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