The care children receive at home and away from home couldn’t be more important.
Studies show that children who experience engaging, one-on-one activities and safe, healthy and nurturing learning environments have a better chance at lifelong success. They’re more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to engage in criminal activity or participate in special education programs. And they often earn higher wages throughout their lifetime.
The Department of Children and Families is committed to improving the quality of care for Wisconsin’s youngest children. YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system, is helping to make it happen.
YoungStar drives quality improvement in child care throughout the state of Wisconsin by:
YoungStar represents the work of many individuals and organizations over several years. From the legislative process used to create YoungStar to the organizations that are now administering YoungStar in Wisconsin, each of the documents provided on this page gives specific and in-depth information about the workings of YoungStar. If you have any questions about any of these documents, please feel free to contact your Local YoungStar Office or the Child Care Information Center (CCIC).
Are you interested in learning more about the changes taking place in YoungStar? Visit the following link for the latest information: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/providers/rating-criteria
The Department has selected Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to administer all YoungStar services beginning July 1, 2016. Please visit our YoungStar Administration page for more information.
YoungStar is a five-star quality rating system for child care providers based on education, learning environment, business methods, and practices around child health and well-being. Through this rating system, the state is addressing several key issues in Wisconsin’s child care system. The rating system will:
To learn more, read our Five Year Plan.