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  ACCREDITATION  

 

 

City of Madison Accreditation is offered to family child care providers only through Satellite. All Satellite providers are either accredited or working toward their accreditation. Accredited providers are closely monitored to make sure they meet the accreditation standards [pdf]. If you provide family child care, find out how you can get accredited!

What's the difference between accreditation, licensing, and certification?

Accreditation
A provider must be County Certified or State Licensed to be City of Madison accredited. Accreditation is a higher standard of quality than licensing or certification. Accredited providers must meet the accreditation standards [pdf].

Licensing
If a provider cares for four or more children, state licensing is mandatory. The government licensing agency for child care in Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The Supporting Families Together Association offers more information about the family child care licensing process.

Certification
4-C offers Dane County certification. County-certified providers can care for families of children receiving county funding.

See descriptions of these three types of regulated care [pdf]

Compare and contrast them on our comparison chart [pdf]

What's the difference between an Affiliate, Associate, and Accredited Satellite provider?
All Satellite family child care programs are closely monitored through regular visits by our trained consultants.
All Satellite providers are either accredited or working toward their accreditation. Most Satellite providers begin as Affiliate members. They have achieved regulation in the form of licensing or certification, and agree to work toward completing Satellite membership requirements.

Associate members have obtained liability insurance and health certification. They continue to work toward meeting Madison Accreditation Standards.

Accredited Providers meet all City of Madison accreditation standards [pdf] and meet all Satellite membership requirements. Accredited providers can care for children whose care is subsidized by the City of Madison. Satellite consultants visit providers a minimum of 5 times per year to ensure they are meeting the standards, and each provider goes through the reaccreditation process annually. Only accredited providers appear on the Satellite referral list.

YoungStar Ratings
YoungStar is Wisconsin's five-star quality rating and improvement system for child care. Satellite Accreditation is recognized by the system as an indicator of quality and equals a 4-star rating on the scale.  Educational level can bring an accredited family child care provider to the 5-star level.

About Satellite

Our Providers
For more about our accredited providers, in their own words, see our Who Are Our Providers? page.

Advisory Committee
Our advisory committee is made up of provider, family, and community representatives and meets every other month. See the most recent approved advisory committee meeting minutes [pdf].

Newsletter
Three times a year we publish an electronic newsletter with information for both providers and families.
Recent issues:

To receive future issues, join our mailing list (see homepage).

 

Advisory Committee
Satellite formed in 1975 and was an independent not-for-profit agency for 25 years before merging with Dane County Parent Council, Inc. (DCPC) in January 2000. DCPC administers the Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start programs in Dane and Green counties.

Funding
Satellite receives funding from the City of Madison and the University of Wisconsin. The remainder of our funding comes from provider fees and from other business and community partners.

Research
Satellite participates in research into supporting quality in home-based child care. The compendium of 23 initiatives, co-authored by Toni Porter, includes us!

Satellite brochure [pdf]