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YoungStar is Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system. The program gives parents and caregivers the tools and information they need to give their kids a great start—and find quality child care that fits their needs. YoungStar also supports Wisconsin’s child care providers by offering resources, training, and technical assistance designed to enhance their quality of care.

YoungStar Helps Kids Shine

The goal of YoungStar is to help increase and recognize high-quality early care and education and child care across the state. Safe, healthy, nurturing, and engaging child care positively affects kids’ lives. From healthier brain development to increased behavioral and emotional well-being—quality child care can lead to healthier and brighter futures.

So, how does YoungStar help make that happen?

  • By objectively measuring child care quality. YoungStar rates thousands of child care providers, awarding up to five stars for the highest 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 individual needs.
  • By supporting providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality care.
  • By setting a consistent standard for child care quality.

Explore YoungStar

Discover how YoungStar is making an impact and helping parents, caregivers, and providers access the tools and information they need for quality child care.

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YoungStar's Impact

Learn about YoungStar ratings, statistics, and other data.

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YoungStar for Parents and Caregivers

Connect with tools and information to help raise healthy, happy kids!

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YoungStar for Providers

Find everything you need to apply and participate in YoungStar.