YoungStar is Improving Wisconsin's Child Care

YoungStar gives parents peace of mind and helps
give their kids a promising start in life.

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What is YoungStar?

YoungStar is Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system. We give parents the tools and information they need to raise happy, healthy kids. And, we help preschools, home-based programs, learning centers, and other child care providers give children safe, nurturing places to grow.

How do we do it?

  • By objectively measuring child care quality. We rate thousands of child care providers each year, awarding up to five stars for
    the best quality of care.
  • By giving parents an easy way to compare their local child care options and find the programs that match their family's lifestyle, budget, and special needs.
  • By supporting providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality care
  • By setting a consistent standard for child care quality
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Parent Feedback

"Making a decision about who would provide care to my son was a difficult one for me. Knowing that my child is in high quality care gives me a sense of security and has also helped me create a partnership that really benefits my son."

- Parent in Madison, WI


Home Grown Child Care

Andrea and Gerineldo Acevedo grew their family child care, Peladitos, from a passion for caring for children and a drive to learn as much as possible to build a high quality child care. Now a 5 Star program with 3 credentials and an associate degree each, they describe the families and children in their care as their “extended family.”

Read about Peladitos' Experience in YoungStar.

Auntie E’s Child Care

Celebrating 5 Stars and 30+ Years in Child Care

Working with YoungStar, Beth Bue has enhanced her reading and science areas, completed some needed construction updates to her home to strengthen the quality of the program environment, and recently celebrated more than 30 years in child care and a 5 Star rating.

Read about Teddy Bear Family Child Care's Experience in YoungStar.

Auntie E’s Child Care

4 Star Rated Certified Family Child Program

Becoming YoungStar-rated required a lot of work for Elizabeth Woolridge of Auntie E’s Childcare in Waukesha. Today, she has a 4 Star rated program, has earned her Early Childhood Associate’s degree, and is working on becoming licensed and expanding her program to become a small group center that concentrates on continuity of care.

Read about Auntie E’s Child Care's Experience in YoungStar.

St. John’s Development Center

Investing in Quality Pays Off for Program

Debbie Drew of 5 Star-rated St. John’s Development Center in Portage, WI, knows the value of YoungStar. By making use of the micro-grant program, YoungStar trainings, T.E.A.C.H. and other opportunities, she and her staff have improved their own education levels and helped other programs navigate YoungStar, too. "

Read about St. John’s Development Center Experience in YoungStar.

Wamengs Day Care

Balancing Act: Family and Education

Like many professional business women, Chia Her has learned to balance taking care of her own five children along with running her child care program, Wamengs Day Care in Wausau, WI. YoungStar staff is helping Chia achieve her goals, which not only improves her child care program, but has enriched her family situation, too."

Read about the Wamengs Day Care Experience in YoungStar.

Faith Academy

A Shining Star

Jennifer Finch’s first day at the child care program Faith Academy, in March of 2012, happened to include a YoungStar visit. Jennifer met with her Technical Consultant Tracie Jarentowski that day, who walked her through everything that needed to happen for Faith Academy to grow through YoungStar and for Jennifer to be knowledgeable enough to support that growth.

Read about Faith Academy Experience in YoungStar.

DeColores 'An Everyday Thing'

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."

Read more about Ana Rojas' experience in YoungStar.

Our Biggest Goal is to Serve Families

Our Biggest Goal is to Serve Families

Creative Child program Director Nancy Volden and her staff are reaching for the stars to provide the best care for the children and families they serve. They understand the huge impact they have on the physical and emotional development of children. "YoungStar is a lot of hard work," said Nancy. "I tell my staff every day that this is not simple. But once you get it, it will all fall into place."

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