There are over 9,000 regulated child care providers in Wisconsin, who are hard-working, committed caregivers who provide a safe and healthy environment for children while their parents are at work.

YoungStar is designed to reward quality child care providers, and to give a financial incentive to providers who show continuous improvement. It will ensure that providers who are operating within state regulation and exceeding the minimum requirements, will be rewarded and benefit from a higher quality rating. In scoring higher on the rating system, parents will want to choose these services over others. Quality rating is going to benefit business and the children served.

By rating providers it will:

  • Create incentives for providers to improve their program.
  • Create a clear, valuable tool for parents to choose care for their child.
  • Prevent fraud in the Wisconsin Shares system

Here are a few links that provide great information on YoungStar:

Below are various documents in regards to YoungStar. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at