STARS for KIDS NOW is Kentucky's voluntary quality rating system for Type I and II licensed child care centers and certified family child care homes. STARS uses a scale of 1 through 4 stars to identify levels of quality. All STAR levels surpass the minimum certification and/or licensing requirements that all programs must meet.
Early care and education programs participating in STARS for KIDS NOW work to meet standards associated with quality care that result in positive outcomes for young children. Programs are assessed for staff/child ratios; group size; curriculum; parent involvement; staff training/education; regulatory compliance; and personnel practices.
STARS for KIDS NOW is a resource available to help parents identify levels of quality when seeking a child care facility. Family child care homes and child care centers participating in STARS for KIDS NOW demonstrate a commitment to providing quality care and education. Parents can use the rating system to better understand the factors that contribute to quality care and education and choose a child care setting that best matches their family's needs.
STARS for KIDS NOW standards are based on research that demonstrates the criteria essential for quality early childhood care. Quality criteria recommendations for each STARS level were developed by a representative group of consumers, child care providers, nonprofit groups and others who work and live with young children.
STARS for KIDS NOW represents a collaborative effort to ensure that young children in Kentucky are in early care and education settings that are seeking ever-increasing quality. STARS for KIDS NOW is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care.