What is Youngstar?

YoungStar, the early care and education quality improvement rating system (QIRS). In June 2010, the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance made a unanimous bi-partisan decision to join the other 19 states in our country that have made a commitment to ensuring high quality early learning through a QIRS.

YoungStar was developed to achieve the following goals:
1) Support child care providers in Wisconsin
2) Help parents make child care choices
3) Align Shares payments with quality
4) Prevent fraud

Children who participate in high quality child care achieve better outcomes including: a greater degree of school readiness; improved cognitive ability and social skills; reduced need for special education classes; lower rates of grade retention; higher high school graduation rates; lower use of welfare; lower juvenile delinquency and lifetime participation in crime; and lower rates of teen pregnancy.

CCR&R agencies can provide information to parents about selecting high quality child care and to child care providers about opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and support. In partnership, CCR&Rs, parents, and child care providers can co-create better outcomes for young children.

Contracts are available for YoungStar from Family Connections!

We are ready to support early education programs as they demonstrate the quality of care they offer to Wisconsin’s youngest children.

Programs accepting or serving families receiving Wisconsin Shares are required to participate in YoungStar. Participation is optional for programs who are currently only taking private pay families but are willing to take families receiving Shares. Apply now for free and don’t miss out on the following opportunities:

  • Programs can choose to receive FREE, individualized technical assistance as a participant in YoungStar!
  • Programs that receive 4 stars or higher could receive increases in Shares payments. Don’t miss out on this chance to increase your revenue!
  • Programs that participate in YoungStar and work for FREE with technical consultants are eligible for micro-grants for quality improvements!
  • Programs accredited through approved accrediting bodies will automatically receive 4 or 5 stars!

Completed contracts must be sent to your regional Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. Providers that reside in the following counties: Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Lafayette and Vernon, must send their contracts to:

Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin
P.O. Box 647
Platteville, WI 53818

Contracts must be signed. If you wish to scan your completed contract, you can e-mail it to or fax completed contracts to 608-348-2861

  • Completed contracts will be addressed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Levels of YoungStar service support are dependent upon available funding. You can visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families‘ website for up-to-date information on YoungStar.