Notably, MHNS is accredited by the City of Madison through the Child Care Unit of the Office of Community Services.

While state licensing largely focuses on health and safety issues, accreditation goes a few steps further and delves deeply into teacher/child interaction and best practices for early education. The process itself is very reflective for teachers and serves as a rich evaluation tool. Accreditation standards reflect high quality and are not easy to fulfill.

Why should MHNS’ accreditation be important to parents? While licensing represents the first line of quality assurance and the minimum standards needed to operate a center (Are there adequate teacher/child ratios? Are electrical outlets covered?), there are many licensed centers that would not be able to achieve accreditation. Accredited centers exceed the minimum standards, offer lower teacher/child ratios, and are constantly looking for ways to continue to grow and improve. Lengthy visits made by City of Madison child care specialists take into account our program, philosophy and history while determining our school’s greatest strengths and greatest areas for improvement.

MHNS is proud to remain one of the 34% of accredited preschools in Madison.


As a private early care and education program, MHNS 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 MHNS by a State Licensing Specialist, which includes an inspection of the school’s records and facility.


MHNS is rated a top 5-star program by YoungStar: Wisconsin’s Child Care Rating Program. Programs are given 1 to 5 stars based on criteria including education of staff, accreditation, and quality of programming. For more information about YoungStar, which is a component of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, please visit