A program of Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties, Community Kids Learning Center, has recently received a five-star YoungStar rating from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Five stars is the highest rating available, indicating a provider “meets highest levels of quality standards.”
This is the first year the community action agency’s child care center has achieved this rating level. The center experienced significant renovations in 2015 – from new doors and HVAC units to a new playground with an outdoor classroom space. The renovations were made possible by a capital campaign involving a $100,000 donation from a local business. The gift sparked other donations and volunteer labor to upgrade the center’s overall environment.
While Community Kids serves families from all income levels, the majority of children enrolled are eligible for state child care assistance. Community Kids is also one of the few state licensed centers in Janesville that offers second-shift schedules for working families.
Community Action, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Rock and Walworth Counties, a locally controlled, not-for-profit organization providing a broad spectrum of community programs aimed at preventing and reducing poverty in Rock and Walworth Counties. CAI operates a Fresh Start program, child care; at-risk youth programming; health care; senior benefits counseling; homeownership programs; affordable housing units; home weatherization and rehabilitation; assistance in dealing with housing crises; food for area pantries; and shelter for the homeless.