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YoungStar, a program of the Department of Children and Families to improve the quality of care for Wisconsin children, came to life through the overwhelming support of elected officials, child care providers, and early care and education advocates. Due to this collaboration, YoungStar is helping Wisconsin children shine bright.


  • July 1: Tiered reimbursement goes into effect for Day Camps.
  • March 1: Day Camp providers are invited to enroll in YoungStar.


  • January 1: Tiered reimbursement rates for 5 Star providers increased to 25%.
  • December 29: Tiered reimbursement rates for 4 Star providers increased to 10%.


  • July 1: Tiered Reimbursement goes into effect.
  • March 1: School-Age care providers are invited to enroll in YoungStar.




  • June 29: 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, the biennial budget for Wisconsin, passes and includes a directive for the creation of a child care quality rating and improvement system (2009 Wisconsin Act 28 Section 9108(7f))

The Department of Children and Families, protecting children, strengthening families, building communities.