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Kentucky All STARS

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What is Kentucky All STARS?
Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky’s expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs. Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills. The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality. It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. On the path toward higher quality, programs can benefit from supports including training, technical assistance and coaching.  

How do programs participate? 
Programs will move to the Kentucky All STARS system in phases: 
  • All state-funded preschools enter the Kentucky All STARS system at a STARS Level 3 – Summer of 2016
  • Child care programs will migrate in three phases: 
    • Migration Phase 1: July 1-December 31, 2016
    • Migration Phase 2: January 1-March 31, 2017
    • Migration Phase 3:  April 1-June 30, 2017
  • ​All required early care and education programs enter Kentucky All STARS – June 30, 2017  
To request to be rated, please complete an application at​

How do programs earn their rating? ​
On the expanded five-star scale, STARS level one is obtained by meeting regulatory requirements. STARS level two is obtained by completing a set of required domains and standards. STARS levels three through five feature a range of points programs must meet in order to meet to move up on the rating scale. While there are required domains for these three STARS levels, programs can choose from a menu of standards to fulfill the requirements. 

To learn more about Kentucky All STARS, the Standards of Quality, and to view the timeline, please access the  resources on the right. Be sure to visit the official Kentucky All STARS website at​ for resources and up-to-date​ information.