Roadmap to Quality
An Overview of the QUALITYstarsNY Process

Participation in QUALITYstarsNY can be best understood through the seven main phases of the project's implementation.

Download the QUALITYstarsNY Participation Process (right) to see the details of the phases, and the flow of the process.

Step 1: Application & Readiness

  • Create your Organization Profile in The Aspire Registry and instruct your staff to join Aspire
  • Add classroom and employment info to your Aspire Organization Profile
  • Submit an intent-to-apply form at or attend a recruitment session
  • Submit the QUALITYstarsNY application

Step 2: Selection & Orientation

  • Your program is selected to participate in QUALITYstarsNY
  • Your program is paired with a Quality Improvement Specialist (QI Specialist)
  • Meet with your QI Specialist for an Orientation Session
  • Sign and upload QUALITYstarsNY Participant Agreement

Step 3: Standards Inventory

Partner with your QI Specialist over 6 weeks to:

  • Review the QUALITYstarsNY Program Standards and identify which Standards your program meets
  • Gather and upload evidence for your Standards Inventory
  • Submit your Standards Inventory

Step 4: Provisional Rating

  • Rating team reviews your Standards Inventory and issues a Provisional Rating
  • 3-5 Star Provisional Rating: ERS assessment will be conducted by independent observation team
  • 1-2 Star Provisional Rating: will become Active Rating

Step 5: Active Rating

  • Your program is issued your 1-5 Star Active Rating, which is effective for 3 years

Step 6: Quality Improvement Plan

  • Partner with your QI Specialist to create quality improvement goals and action items for your program’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)

Step 7: Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Meet regularly with your QI Specialist to work toward your QIP goals
  • Access resources, trainings, and materials to improve your program!