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Division of Child Care


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

Migration to the Kentucky ALLSTARS Program 

Introduction to the Kentucky ALLSTARS Standards

The Kentucky ALLSTARS 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. 

Kentucky ALLSTARS 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 ALLSTARS participants.  Participants can receive discounts on approved training courses.

Financial Incentives are available to Kentucky ALLSTARS participants.

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.

Printable brochure

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.

DPP-156 Central Registry Check

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


Important Information


Last Updated 3/29/2017