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What's in a STAR?

All participants in Kentucky All STARS meet specific indicators of quality. Below are the requirements for each STARS level. All STARS Quality Ratings for all active Licensed Type I and II child care programs and Certified Family Child Care Homes can be found here.

All STARS Levels

All STARS Level 1

All child care providers with a regular or preliminary license in good standing are automatically enrolled at a Level 1.  Programs with a preliminary license must remain at a Level 1.

All STARS Level 2

The following standards are required for Level 2 providers:

  • 50% of teaching staff have professional learning activities in developmental screening
  • Complete an environmental self-assessment using a valid and reliable tool appropriate for ages/settings of children served.
  • Program/site administrator/director receives 10 hours of professional learning in curriculum, instructional practices and/or teaching and learning OR has an approved early childhood credential or degree.
  • 50% of teaching staff receives 10 hours of professional learning in curriculum, instructional practices and/or teaching and learning OR have an approved early childhood credential or degree.

No additional points are required for a Level 2 rating.

All STARS Level 3

The following standards are required for Level 3 providers:

  • All required standards as outlined for Level 2.
  • participate in an environmental observation on a valid and reliable tool.  No minimum required score.

In addition to the required standards, providers can select from the Standards of Quality to compile 21-30 points to complete the Level 3 Quality Rating:

  • 8 points from Classroom and Instructional Quality
  • 2 points from Family and Community Engagement
  • 2 points from Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
  • 2 points from Administrative and Leadership Practices
  • At least 7 points from any domain

All STARS Level 4

The following standards are required for Level 4 providers:

  • All required standards as outlined for Level 2
  • Participate in an environmental observation on a valid and reliable tool.  Must have a minimum score of 4.0 in all rated classrooms.

In addition to the required standards, providers can select from the Standards of Quality to compile 31-40 points required to complete the Level 4 Quality Rating:

  • 8 points from Classroom and Instructional Quality
  • 2 points from Family and Community Engagement
  • 2 points from Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
  • 2 points from Administrative and Leadership Practices
  • At least 17 points from any domain

All STARS Level 5

The following standards are required for Level 5 providers:

  • All required standards as outlined for Level 2
  • Participate in an environmental observation on a valid and reliable tool.  Must have a minimum score of 5.0 in all rated classrooms.

In addition to the required standards, providers can select from the Standards of Qualityto compile 41-50 points required to complete the Level 5 Quality Rating:

  • 8 points from Classroom and Instructional Quality
  • 2 points from Family and Community engagement
  • 2 points from Staff qualifications and Professional Development
  • 2 points from Administrative and Leadership Practices
  • At least 27 points from any domain

Level 5 providers are considered Highest Quality.  They are eligible for initial, annual, and subsidy enrollment monetary incentives while funding is available.

If you have questions about Kentucky All STARS, please contact the Division of Child Care at kyallstars@ky.gov or call (844) 209-2657.

 

Last Updated 4/13/2018