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STARS for KIDS NOW- The Childcare Quality Rating System

Feb 9, 2016

Quality Improvement resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

STARS for KIDS NOW is Kentucky’s voluntary quality rating system for licensed Type I and Type II child care centers and certified family child care homes. Participating providers receive a rating of 1 through 4 STARS identifying 4 successive levels of quality above minimum licensing requirements.

Programs are assessed in the areas of staff/child ratios, group size, curriculum, parent involvement, training/education of staff, regulatory compliance, and personnel practices. STARS participants may receive free technical assistance from regional Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and local health departments. Programs that receive a STARS rating are eligible for a one-time cash STAR Achievement Award and may also receive additional quality incentive funds on an annual basis, based on program size, number of subsidy children served, and level of STAR attainment.

Parents can use the STARS program to identify levels of quality in child care and understand the factors that contribute to quality care and education.

Learn more about STARS for KIDS NOW at: www.ky.gov.

Updated February 2016

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