YoungStar is designed to help providers improve the quality of their business and program practices. To assist providers with their improvement efforts, YoungStar developed a 40-point evaluation that helps programs recognize their strengths and identify areas for improvement. The YoungStar evaluation criteria outlines the items that will be evaluated and can be used by Directors and Lead Teachers/Lead Group Leaders to prepare for a YoungStar rating.

YoungStar awards up to five stars for the highest quality of care, based on four key categories:

  • The Provider’s Education & Training
  • The Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • The Program’s Business & Professional Practices
  • The Child’s Health & Well-Being