About QUALITYstarsNY
New York's Quality Rating & Improvement System

Download the QUALITYstarsNY brochure (pdf) for an overview of what makes our program, and its impact, so important.

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QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s voluntary 5-Star early childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System. Since its inception, QUALITYstarsNY has focused its evidence-based practices to ensure

  • young children in participating programs have access to excellence and,
  • their families can trust the level of quality in the programs they choose.

QUALITYstarsNY has 75 Standards of excellence that fall into four categories: Children’s Learning Environment, Family Engagement, Leadership & Management, and Staff Qualifications & Experience. Assessment, coaching, professional development, and a wide range of resources are made available to each site, to earn higher star ratings.

Currently QUALITYstarsNY operates in all 10 economic regions across the state and supports more than 700 sites serving low income families in high-need communities. All regulated sites are eligible to apply for participation including child care, family child care, pre-k in both centers and schools, and Head Start/Early Head Start.

QUALITYstarsNY operates an extensive and comprehensive data system that tracks every investment in money, time, and effort to ensure accountability and to provide a greater understanding of what it takes to generate and sustain high-quality early education for young children.

Start with Stars is a QUALITYstarsNY initiative designed to support early childhood programs that are just starting out as well as those with challenges related to meeting licensing requirements. Upon demonstrating measurable progress, programs are invited to participate in QUALITYstarsNY to continue their ongoing quality improvement efforts.

Visit our More About QUALITYstarsNY to read about how the project began, how we operate and how we continue to grow.

Who We Serve

New York's Recipe for Quality: The 5 Key Ingedients

QIS: Quality Improvement Systems

Meet the Team