Roadmap to Quality
an Overview of the QUALITYstarsNY Process

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

Download the QUALITYstarsNY Participation Process graphic to see the details of the phases, and the flow of the process.


Phase 1: Recruitment and Readiness

  • Program attends QSNY recruitment session
  • Program and staff join The Aspire Registry
  • Program submits application to participate

Phase 2: Orientation

  • Program attends orientation session
  • Program submits Participant Agreement
  • QI Specialist visits program and schedules Standards Inventory Interview

Phase 3: Standards Inventory

  • QI Specialist conducts Standards Inventory Interview
  • Program gathers and uploads documents to database and ensures Aspire data is “current”
  • Program submits Standards Inventory

Phase 4: Provisional Rating & Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)

  • Rating team evaluates documents and issues Provisional Rating
  • If Provisional Rating is 1 or 2 stars, Provisional Rating becomes Active Rating
  • QI Specialist begins ongoing work with programs to review rating and develop Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
  • Program begins accessing resources based on the QIP

Phase 5: ERS Assessments

  • Qualifying programs earning Provisional Rating of 3 stars and higher are contacted for Environment Rating Scales (ERS) assessments by independent assessment team
  • At least 50% of classrooms or groups are assessed
  • ERS results are used to update the QIP and inform the Active Rating

Phase 6: Active Rating

  • Rating team issues Active Rating for programs with ERS assessments
  • Active Rating combines Provisional Rating and ERS results
  • Active Rating is made public (not currently in effect)

Phase 7: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

  • Program regularly meets with their QI Specialist and work towards achieving goals outlined in their QIP
  • Programs access a wide range of resources and supports aligned with their QIP to improve quality
  • Sites maintain their accounts in Aspire by regularly submitting evidence of ongoing professional development
  • After approximately 2.5 years, program returns to Standards Inventory and repeats subsequent steps to earn a new rating