Head Start and Early Head Start programs in New York State have until September 30, 2021 to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, the state’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS).

In the 2016 revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), the Office of Head Start (OHS) added the requirement that all Head Start/Early Head Start programs, with limited exception, must participate in their state’s QRIS. After several extensions, OHS has set the final deadline to comply with this requirement for September 30, 2021.

As New York State’s QRIS, QUALITYstarsNY supports nearly 900 early childhood sites across the state, including more than 250 Head Start/Early Head Start sites. QUALITYstarsNY is embarking on a period of growth thanks to federal stimulus funding invested in New York’s early childhood system. We will be able to serve many more programs within the next few years.  Until we are able to select your program to participate, joining the QUALITYstarsNY waitlist is sufficient to meet the HSPPS requirement for programs to join their state QRIS.

Visit our new Head Start webpage to learn more about how to document your compliance with the HSPPS QRIS requirement and apply to QUALITYstarsNY.