A Framework for High Quality Early Care and Education
QUALITYstarsNY Standards represent the best practices and policies in early childhood care and education. Developed by leading experts in the field of early childhood learning and development from across the state and then validated by research, QUALITYstarsNY Standards are used to assess and rate the quality of an early childhood program.
Programs earn points toward their rating for meeting these key quality indicators and receive a 1-5 Star rating.
Learn more about the QUALITYstarsNY Rating Process or Points System.
Additionally, programs that already comply with a set of high quality requirements through Head Start or either NAEYC or NAFCC Accreditation have an abbreviated set of Standards that takes into account the complimentary nature of these requirements and the QUALITYstarsNY Standards.
Four Key Areas of Quality
QUALITYstarsNY assesses four key areas that work together to create a high quality early childhood program where children, families, and providers can thrive.
Find the Right Program
Download our checklist for parents to spot high quality practices when looking for a care and education program for your child.
Qualifications & Experience Inquiry Form
During the QUALITYstarsNY rating process, several Standards are scored based on documentation that program leaders and staff upload to their profiles in The Aspire Registry, as shown in your program’s Qualifications & Experience (Q&E) Report. Please submit this form if you need support or have questions about how your program or staff’s Aspire Information is feeding into Q&E Report.