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5 Star Rating

What is the youngstar program, and what does the rating mean? (For more information please visit the Youngstar Program website by clicking here.)

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    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    YoungStar awards up to five stars for the highest quality of care, based on four key categories:
    1. The Provider's Education & Training
    2. The Learning Environment & Curriculum
    3. The Program's Business & Professional Practices
    4. The Child's Health & Well-Being