How Can YoungStar Help Families Choose Quality Child Care?

YoungStar is Wisconsin's Child Care Quality Rating & Improvement System that gives parents and child care providers the tools and information they need to raise happy, healthy children. Your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) office, a member of Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), also acts as your local YoungStar office, guiding parents and child care providers through YoungStar.

Through YoungStar, regulated Wisconsin child care providers are regularly evaluated and rated on a 5 Star scale with a 5 Star meeting the highest level of quality standards. YoungStar raises the bar for Wisconsin child care providers by supporting and incentivizing them to develop the quality of their child care program, increasing quality care available to Wisconsin children and families. Programs can earn up to a 5 Star based on the points they earn across four key categories:

  • The Provider’s Education & Training
  • The Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • The Program’s Professional & Business Practices
  • The Children’s Health & Well-Being

Looking for quality child care options for your child? Before you choose, YoungStar.

Making healthy child care choices can set the stage for lifelong success. YoungStar is here to help.

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Not in our agency service delivery area? Visit the online YoungStar office map or call (888) 713.KIDS (5437) to find your local YoungStar office. Parents can find more information about YoungStar online by clicking the “For Parents” tab.

YoungStar participation is required for providers who accept Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy payments (sometimes called "county subsidy"). For more information about how Wisconsin Shares and the role it plays with YoungStar, visit the YoungStar and Wisconsin Shares webpage.

The YoungStar rating system not only raises the bar for Wisconsin child care providers, it provides an incentive to further develop the quality of their child care programs. YoungStar providers have access to added training opportunities for their staff and technical assistance for their program.

When interviewing child care providers, look for the YoungStar “stars” in their window and the YoungStar certificate proudly displayed on their wall.

You want your child to have the best start in life – and that’s what YoungStar is all about!