Keystone Stars Child Care Quality Initiative

Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early care and education programs. Keystone STARS performance standards build on the health and safety requirements of child care certification. Child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten programs earn a STAR 1 through STAR 4 rating by meeting research-based performance standards for staff qualifications and professional development; early care and education program (child observation, curriculum, classroom environment); partnerships with family and community; and leadership and management (business practices). Keystone STARS programs may also receive grants and awards, professional development, and technical assistance to help them move up the STARS ladder. Click here to learn more about the Keystone STARS. 

Learn more about the Keystone STARS

Re-Visioning Keystone STARS: Pennsylvania's Plan

Child outcomes for preschoolers enrolled in Keystone STAR 3 and 4 programs, 2012-2013 (PDF)

Keystone STARS 2010 Program Report

Performance Standards

Keystone STARS Performance Standards

Contact your Early Learning Resource Center for More Information

Your ELRC can answer questions about Keystone STARS, help you through the quality building process and will designate your program's STAR level.