Wondering Why You Should Participate in YoungStar? YoungStar provides an opportunity for your program to improve its overall quality, while also improving the outcomes of the children in your care. YoungStar provides functional guidelines, comprehensive resources, and hands-on support to help your program make sensible changes that lead to improved quality. Click on the items below to learn about even more benefits available through Youngstar. Consultation and Support Programs that participate in YoungStar can request free support from a YoungStar Consultant who will help you navigate the YoungStar program. Your program can receive yearly consultation to help you improve the quality of your business and teaching practices. YoungStar Consultants are regionally located at local offices throughout the state. Click here to find your local YoungStar office Training and Professional Development Opportunities The Department of Children and Families funds a variety of professional development opportunities that can help you grow in your profession. Providers can earn credits or credentials with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, connect with communities of practice for networking and support, and access low-cost training opportunities through local YoungStar offices and other training partners. To find out more about T.E.A.C.H. and other professional development opportunities, visit Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. To find training opportunities in your region, visit the YoungStar training page. A Quality Rating Participating in YoungStar gives your child care program a state-recognized star rating that reflects your programs quality teaching and business practices. Your participation also means that your program will be searchable by families looking for child care through the YoungStar Child Care Finder. Have a question? Contact a local YoungStar office or the Child Care Information Center (CCIC) for help. Still not sure, check out YoungStar's Shining Stars for stories of programs that have improved their quality with the help of YoungStar.