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What is YoungStar?

YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar:

  • Evaluates and rates the quality of care given by child care providers.
  • Helps parents choose the best child care for their kids.
  • Supports providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality
    early care.
  • Sets a consistent standard for child care quality.

See how YoungStar services are being delivered in your area by visiting the YoungStar Statistics web page.

Click here to apply for YoungStar, and for YoungStar forms and rating materials.

Get Tips and Tools to improve your child care or school-age program on the YoungStar Provider Tips and Tools web page.

Subscribe to the YoungStar Information and Updates email list here: YoungStar Info and Updates email list.

Child Care Provider Reading to Children

A Shining Star

Young Child Development Center in Appleton worked hard to achieve its 5 Star rating in YoungStar without being accredited. Working with their Technical Consultant, Kathy Kadar, Young Child focused on improving the arrangement of their classrooms and adding more physical fitness and outdoor activities. Their hard work paid off as they became a 5 Star rated program in YoungStar.

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X's and O's Educational Child Care

A Shining Star

X's and O's Educational Child Care earned a 5 Star rating in YoungStar due to their commitment to continuous improvement and education. Xochitl Ortega, the owner and director of X's and O's, provides a rich, cozy environment that gives children opportunities to explore and learn. Xochitl is very motivated and willing to continue taking steps to keep the quality of her program high.

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Our Shepherd child care

A Shining Star

Our Shepherd child care in Appleton earned a 5 Star rating in YoungStar by providing high-quality care in a faith-based setting. They work hard to create a sense of family in their program and to continually dedicate themselves to improving the quality of care they provide because they believe that is what is best for children.

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CAP Care

A Shining Star

CAP CARE in Cambridge earned a 4 Star rating through hard work and the encouragement of their YoungStar Technical Consultant. The program is not stopping there. They are continuing their journey of quality and have seen many positive reactions from children and families in the program.

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Eloise Anderson awards MATC

A Shining Star

In the spring of 2013, MATC Milwaukee provided innovative opportunities for the child care workforce to access credit-based instruction at a community-based level. The focus was on providing access to credit-based child care providers, teachers and directors who were from 2 Star-rated programs, with materials available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. During the 8-month contract period, 251 Child Care Providers participated in coursework. Based on the success of the pilot program, the Department will utilize Race to the Top funding to support several institutions of higher education to reach 1,500 child care providers, teachers, and directors over the next three years though similar programs.

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celebration of 4 and 5 star providers

A Shining Star

In early November, YoungStar celebrated providers who recently achieved 4 and 5 Star ratings. Attendees were presented with a certificate honoring their achievements, as well as a special, gold star paperweight engraved with the organization’s name.

Additionally, DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson, Assistant Deputy Secretary Sara Buschman, DECE Administrator Judy Norman-Nunnery, and other representatives from YoungStar were on hand to listen to provider concerns and suggestions for the program as it continues to evolve. YoungStar values the provider conversations and feedback and continues to welcome comments. YoungStar staff will be addressing these concerns and will share updates with YoungStar providers in the future.

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Katy Schultz

A Shining Star

5 Stars Shining Bright. Tender Hearts Family Daycare earned a 5 Star rating in YoungStar through hard work and dedication. Owner and provider, Katy Schultz, didn’t know what to expect when she started YoungStar, but she has felt constantly supported by her YoungStar Technical Consultant. Katy worked on developing child portfolios and tracking children’s progress day-to-day, month-to-month and event year-to-year.

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Sherri Johnson

A Shining Star

Sherri Johnson, owner of Imagination Station in Rice Lake, explored a new path in furthering her education, while continuing to care for her students. With a T.E.A.C.H scholarship and encouragement from her Technical Consultant, Sherri completed the Preschool Credential moving her up in Registry Career Levels and earned a 3 Star rating in YoungStar. Her favorite classes focused on child development, and she learned that her classes could only benefit her students!

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Sherri Johnson

A Shining Star

Peggy Neau owner of Peggy's Place in Pleasant Prairie has been a family child care provider since 1998. Peggy recently earned a 4 Star rating in YoungStar. While going through YoungStar Formal Rating, Peggy had many areas of success to celebrate and a few minor areas for improvement. Her hard work to make those improvements helped her earn her 4 Star rating. Peggy is currently working with clear goals and a Quality Improvement Plan supported by her YoungStar Technical Consultant. Peggy's determination and commitment is what makes her a Shinning Star.

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Ivelisse Crespo with certificate

A Shining Star

Ivelisse Crespo came to the United States, from Puerto Rico, with a college degree and a passion for working with young children. She set up her own child care program and worked with YoungStar to refine her program environment and to further her education. As a result, Ivelisse has earned a 5 Star rating and says that working with YoungStar opened the door to helping her create a successful teaching style and to receiving her National Association for Family Child Care Accreditation this past summer. Read more about how she took advantage of YoungStar’s provider assistance in education and training to create a safe learning environment for children in her care.

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Scribble Dibble Daycare Family

A Shining Star

The Sanders family could not find child care to meet their needs, so they decided to make a change. Together, Kari and her husband Travis opened Scribble Dibble Day Care in 2008. Just a year later, when they began working with YoungStar, things really got going. With financial and technical support from YoungStar, Kari and Travis restructured their home and Kari went back to school with the resources available to her through YoungStar. She is now working to complete her E-Child Associate’s Degree. “I love the concept of the tools [YoungStar provides] and how to plan for your business,” says Kari. “They help you evaluate where you are and where you need to make those changes. I have learned so much and it has been a wonderful experience.” The Sanders family is looking forward to moving up in Star levels as they continue to enhance their day care and learning facility, and Kari completes her education.

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Child Care Provider Reading to Children

A Shining Star

For the past ten years, Debbie Schmelling has been giving Merrill children a strong start in life. Debbie combines her formal professional education with her rich personal experience as mother to six children - two of whom were adopted after they first joined the Schmelling home as foster children.

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From Rising Star to 5 Star

A Shining Star

From five children in 2000, to 84 children today, Sahera Abukhamireh, owner of Kids N’ Care, has slowly built her program’s excellent reputation with help from her YoungStar TC. Sahera’s goal has always been to provide the best learning opportunity possible for the children in her program. From updated classroom toys, to facility remodels, to training opportunities from YoungStar, Kids N’ Care earned their 5 Star rating and will soon open another child care center. “I love and welcome YoungStar,” said Sahera.

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From Rising Star to 5 Star

A Shining Star

DeColores – “An Everyday Thing”

Ana Rojas and her mother began their child care journey in 2005. Today, they have a group child care program named DeColores, with a 28-child capacity and a 3 Star rating. They are in the process of working to improve their star rating through enhanced parent engagement and focusing on retention and training of their staff. She and her mother even earned their associate’s degree along with staff members as a way to support and encourage them to continue their education. With the help of their YoungStar technical consultant, Ana and her mother have made numerous improvements to their facility, learned to observe and better evaluate children in each classroom, and to plan more appropriate goals and activities. “To do this job, you really need to like it and to live it, says Ana. “It’s an everyday thing!”.

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