YoungStar Micro-Grants

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has announced that the YoungStar micro-grant funds will be transitioning to the new large-scale financial incentive program proposed for child care providers, Child Care Strong.

The Micro-Grant Program will transition out over the next few months with an end date of June 30, 2021.


    • New Micro-grant Purchase Plans and portal orders are no longer being accepted as of March 5, 2021.
    • Eligible Purchase Plans that were submitted to the Micro-Grant Program prior to March 5 will be completed through the usual process.
    • Any open program that chose to receive on-site TA services for the 2020 service year, but has not yet submitted a Purchase Plan, will be issued a check for the full amount of their 2020 grant in April or May, 2021.
    • Automated and temporarily closed programs should contact their Technical Consultants to determine eligibility.

Please contact your YoungStar Technical Consultant with any questions, including how this will impact your program.