Doyle proposes child care rating system for Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new child care rating system proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle would link state payments to providers to their rankings.
Doyle says the system he announced Friday would help prevent fraud in the state’s $400 million child care subsidy program Wisconsin Shares and also give parents more guidance in trying to find quality care.
The higher ranked child care providers would receive more state money than others with lower ratings.
The five-star rating system would judge providers based on education, learning environment, business practices and the health and well being of children.
Ratings will be available on the state Department of Children and Families Web site.
The plan must be approved by the Legislature’s budget-writing committee.