The Department of Children and Families created YoungStar to improve the quality of
child care for Wisconsin children. Read
more about YoungStar
Regulated child care is the foundation for safe child care settings. For tips on
choosing child care and more, visit
Child Care Info for Parents.
What is YoungStar?
YoungStar is Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system. We give parents
tools and information to raise happy, healthy kids. We help preschools and child care
providers give children safe, nurturing places to grow. How do we do it?
By objectively measuring child care quality from one to five stars for thousands of
child care providers.
By giving parents an easy way to find programs that match their family's lifestyle,
budget, and special needs.
By supporting providers with tools and training to deliver high quality care.
By setting a consistent standard for child care quality.
What is Regulated Child Care?
Regulated child care provides a foundation for safe child care settings by conducting
background checks, regular inspections and complaint investigations. Types of regulated child
Certified Care (3 or fewer children under age 7 in care)
Licensed Family Child Care (up to 8 children under age 7)
Licensed Group Child Care (9 or more children under age 7)
Day Camp (seasonal program for 4 or more children ages 3 & up)