Top-tier child care centers in Milwaukee are subsidized by the state at below local market rates despite bumps from the recently implemented YoungStar ratings system, according to a new report. In addition, low YoungStar ratings and frozen pay rates are prompting some family child care centers in the central city to close.
The state Department of Children and Families cannot confirm an increase in the number of family day care centers closing in the last several months, but providers have told Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service that colleagues are shutting their doors.
More than three-quarters of licensed family day care centers in four central city ZIP codes received a YoungStar rating of two out of five stars, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service analysis. Many of these centers may be forced to close because providers can’t afford to move up the rating scale.
NOVA High School students recently visited the Jewish Museum Milwaukee to learn how to lead guided tours. The students are creating an exhibit on the Milwaukee civil rights movement in collaboration with Arts@Large, a program that provides arts experiences for Milwaukee Public School students.
During their first week of commuting after the elimination of Route 18, some South Siders interviewed by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service along National Avenue were upset by the changes. Others said the bus lines that replaced Route 18 make their commute faster.
Alliance School, a small year-round charter school serving students in grades 6-12, has received the highest award from the Wisconsin Charter School Association for best achieving its mission: to provide a safe and accepting climate for all students. About half of the students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.