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Early Childhood

The first few years of a child’s life are some of the most important.  From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life and early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. In Portage County, we want each family to choose early child care that works best for their family’s needs. Our many public and private early childhood facilities provide you with a variety of options to choose from and compare.

Childcaring, your local resource and referral agency and regional YoungStar office, can help you locate regulated child care providers and give you the tools to choose a quality program. YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system, measures quality by evaluating important areas of care.

YoungStar helps serve as a tool for families to use when looking for quality child care.  Childcaring can also provide help with child care start-up assistance and resources to obtain regulation.