The QUALITYstarsNY Standards were created by leading experts in the field of child development and early learning to provide New York State with a common framework for the elements of high quality in early childhood programs. The Standards are used to measure program quality in the QUALITYstarsNY rating process and provide programs with a roadmap for quality improvement based on best practice.
The Foundation for Program Star Ratings
The Standards are made up of distinct quality indicators that span several key areas of an early childhood program—from a program’s classroom environment to management practices. During the QUALITYstarsNY rating process, a program completes an assessment using the Standards to determine their Star Rating of 1-5 Stars. When a program demonstrates that they meet a quality indicator, they earn points toward their rating score.
Quality Standards Areas: Elements of a High Quality Early Childhood Program
The QUALITYstarsNY Standards span four main areas: Learning Environment, Family Engagement, Qualifications & Experience, and Management & Leadership, which are broken down further into sub-areas within each of these main areas. Together, the Standards areas and sub-areas offer a blueprint for educators to assess and improve their program quality and to help parents identify high quality practices when choosing a child care program.