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. For programs that receive a Provisional Rating of 1 or 2 Stars, their Provisional Rating becomes their program’s Active Rating and they can begin their quality improvement work. Programs Provisionally Rated 3-5 Stars will undergo an Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) assessment from an independent observation team, the results of which will be combined with their Standards Inventory points to determine the program’s Active Rating. If a program receives an average score of 4.25 or below on their ERS assessment, they will automatically decrease a Star level for their Active Rating. Learn more about the QUALITYstarsNY point system.