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.
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.
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.