Reaching for the Stars

Examining YoungStar and its effect on the quality of Milwaukee County’s afterschool workforce

February 2014

Our recent research has revealed that most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County have received relatively low ratings, and that their biggest hurdle to improving their scores often involved the educational qualifications of program staff. In light of the potential consequences of that finding – which include the possibility that the supply of afterschool providers could diminish because of the financial penalties imposed by YoungStar on poorly-rated providers – we determined that further analysis was warranted to explore the opportunities available for afterschool providers to enhance the educational qualifications of their staff.
In this report, we examine the nature and scale of the educational gaps in Milwaukee County’s afterschool workforce in relation to YoungStar, and explore the availability of training and education for afterschool program staff.