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Studies show that children who attend programs with high-quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills.  Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for type I, type II and certified family child care homes. All STARS level one is achieved by meeting regulatory requirements. STARS level two is achieved by completing a set of required domains and standards. STARS levels three through five feature a range of points providers must meet in order to move up on the rating scale. While there are required domains for these three STARS levels, program can choose from a menu of standards to fulfill the requirements. To receive a level 3 rating or higher, programs also must participate in an environmental observation visit by a Cabinet-approved rater. More information on the requirements for each All STARS level can be found on the Provider Information page.

The unified All STARS system serves all early care and education programs including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Quality ratings for all type I, type II and certified family child care homes are administered by the Division of Child Care of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

All STARS providers are encouraged to review the administrative regulation 922 KAR 2:270 for guidance and understanding of the operational policies and procedures governing the All STAR program.

Families seeking All STARS rated providers can view quality ratings DCC-431 All STARS Standards of Quality. Further details such as physical address, ages served and subsidy acceptance for each provider can be found in the Benefind Child Care Provider Search.

For more information please visit the Kentucky All STARS website.


Related Content

Search for STARS Rated Facilities
See a listing of all STARS rated licensed type I, licensed type II and certified family homes. You can use this listing as a companion to the Benefind Child Care Provider Search when seeking an early childhood education program for your child. 

All STARS Resource Links
Find state and national links containing information applicable to early childhood professionals and parents. 

Information for Parents
View a general overview of All STARS which includes a brief history of quality rating and improvement systems in Kentucky, a list of the All STARS domains and standards, and a breakdown of the requirements for each quality rating level. 

Information for Providers
View helpful resources such as current regulations, domains and standards, quality rating requirements and provider tools for completing common All STARS submission forms.

Questions can be directed by email to the Division of Child Care or at (844) 209-2657.  Providers with questions regarding All STARS applications, rating visits or quality improvement are encouraged to contact their Child Care Aware coach.


Last Updated 4/16/2018