UHP is licensed by the State Department of Children and Families (DCF). The purpose of licensing, which occurs every two years, is to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of children in child care centers. Periodic visits are made to UHP by a State Licensing Specialist, which includes an inspection of the school’s records and facility.
UHP has received a top 5-star rating by YoungStar: Wisconsin’s Child Care Rating Program. For more information about YoungStar, which is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, please visit http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/.
UHP is proud to be accredited by the City of Madison through the Child Care Unit of the Office of Community Services.
Accreditation standards reflect high quality and are not easy to fulfill. While state licensing largely concerns health and safety issues, accreditation goes further and requires that a preschool demonstrate high quality teacher/child interaction based on best practices for early education. The annual process provides constructive feedback for teachers and serves as a rich evaluation tool. Accredited schools receive additional opportunities for continuing education and grants to aid continual improvement.
Not all preschools are accredited. Accredited centers like UHP exceed the minimum standards, offer lower teacher/child ratios, and are always looking for ways to continue to grow and improve. City of Madison child care specialists make regular, long visits that take into account our program, philosophy and history while determining our school’s greatest strengths and areas for improvement.