YoungStar is designed to help Wisconsin’s child care providers be as successful as possible. YoungStar's 5 Star rating system gives providers like you an objective measure of program quality. It rewards excellence and offers programs a clear and continuous path to improvement. Use these resources to help get you started.  If you need additional support or have questions - fill out our Request Technical Assistance form in Quick Links.

Getting Started with YoungStarWisconsin Afterschool Network has a collection of resources to help you navigate YoungStar as a school-age provider.

YoungStar Criteria







View this 3-Star Checklist and visit Wisconsin Department of Children and Families for the full School-Age Criteria to help you get started in your YoungStar Quality journey

DAE Checklist







Use this fillable Developmentally Appropriate Environment checklist to track your interest areas, materials, content areas and more


Environment Checklist 






Use this fillable School-Age Environment checklist to evaluate your space






Use this fillable Program Inventory to assess your program materials