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Important information for child care providers on the migration plan for Kentucky All STARS and the available online standards training.

Migration to the Kentucky All STARS Program 

Introduction to the Kentucky All STARS Standards

The Kentucky All STARS website is your new one-stop resource for all things related to Kentucky All STARS.  Visit the website to learn how the system works, apply to be rated, download the Standards of Quality, and submit questions. 

Are you ready to submit your documentation to receive a Kentucky All STARS rating?  Please use our Kentucky All STARS Submission Form to apply for your rating and submit your documentation.

Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star tiered quality rating and improvement system.  The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool.  It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Professional development and training incentives are available to Kentucky All STARS participants.  Participants can receive discounts on approved training courses.

Financial Incentives are available to Kentucky All STARS participants.

The Environmental Rating Scales that may be used during your rating visit include:

  • The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R)
  • The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R)
  • The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS-U)
  • The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R)

Quality Care and Education Matters

Research shows strong correlation between high quality care and education and improved child outcomes.  Early childhood caregivers and educators can view correlated outcomes at the Governor's Office of Early Childhood.


The Division of Child Care supports quality child care through programs and plans that promote the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, coordination of professional development and training and develops policy and procedures.

ECE-INSIDER Newsletter

The new edition of the Division of Child Care quarterly newsletter, ECE-INSIDER, for Kentucky's early care and education child care providers is now available.

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in building high quality, community based access to child care and early learning that enhances health, safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's children and families.

Vision Statement

A nationally recognized division comprised of a highly skilled workforce that:

  • Increases available quality child care that is developmentally appropriate, affordable, healthy and safe;
  • Provides access to early care and education, and support to early care professionals throughout the state;
  • Engages families and community partners in collaborative decision making for early care and education;
  • Provides safe child care services which support stability and self-sufficiency of families;
  • Utilizes technological resources to promote the improvement of outcomes in child care;
  • Expands data collection and management systems that allow for evidence based management decisions.
Program Areas

The Division of Child Care coordinates program subsidy payments and professional development and training and administers STARS for KIDS NOW and the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services - Child Care Aware of Kentucky. For an overview of the Division of Child Care, download the brochure at this link.

Child Care Assistance Program

Child Care Assistance Program provides access to quality child care, allowing parents to work, attend school and/or to participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program.

Registered Providers are child care providers not subject to licensure or certification by the state or federal government, but they must meet all requirements of the Child Care Assistance Program.

Stars for KIDS NOW

STARS for KIDS NOW is Kentucky's voluntary quality rating improvement system for licensed type I, licensed type II and certified family child care homes. This new website provides informational resources to parents, providers and the general public pertaining to the STARS program and links to other early childhood related resources.

Professional Development

Professional Development provides information on Division of Child Care programs in place to support professional growth and development of early care and education professionals. Links include information on the following professional development initiatives and opportunities: the Kentucky Early Childhood Professional Development Framework, professional development counselors, available educational grants and awards, scholarships, clock hour training approvals and professional state-wide credentials.

Child Abuse and Neglect Check

The Division of Child Care (DCC) completes checks of the Central Registry also known as Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Checks in accordance with 922 KAR 1:470, Central Registry. All child care providers, staff, volunteers or any individual present when a child is in care must submit a CAN check. Any adult resident of a Certified or Registered home must submit a CAN check.

DCC denies anyone found by the Cabinet or a court to have abused, neglected a child, or has been convicted of either a violent or sex crime as defined in KRS 17.165.

DCC-374 Child Care Central Registry Check

NOTICE - Division of Regulated Child Care Renewal Process

The Division of Child Care (DCC), Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC) and Child Care Aware (CCA) are happy to announce a positive change to the renewal process.  Beginning July 1, submit all renewal applications directly to the Division of Regulated Child Care at the address listed on the renewal application.  A blank application will be sent to providers via email from DRCC beginning 90 days prior to the license or certificate expiration date and is also available on the DRCC website.  DRCC will review all submitted applications to ensure each is complete and correct, and will reach out to you with any corrections or questions prior to renewal.  It is the desire of DCC, DRCC and CCA to streamline the renewal process for Kentucky child care providers.  Contact DRCC at (502) 564-7962 with any questions.

Be aware that CCA Health and Safety Coaches are still available to provide targeted technical assistance to providers to assure compliance with all child care regulations.  To contact a coach in your regions, visit the CCA website.

Kentucky CCDF State Plan

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into Law. This Law reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and makes significant advances by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.  The CCDBG Act also changed the Plan cycle for CCDF from a biennial to a triennial Plan period; thus, the FFY 2016-2018 Plan will cover a 3-year period.

CCDF Half Year Status Reports



Last Updated 2/9/2018