STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS)
STARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families.
Benefits of STARS to Parents
What the STARS Mean
The more stars a program has, the more it is involved in a wide range of practices that support children, families, and professionals.
One-star programs are examining their practices to enhance the services they provide. They may be fairly new, just starting on a path of improvement and growth, or be stronger in one area.
Two-star programs are making a commitment to strengthen their practices. They may have made some progress in many areas or more progress in one or two areas.
Three-star programs have made improvements and are working to reach specific goals. They have either made substantial progress in two or three areas or have made some improvements across all five areas.
Four-star programs are established programs that have met several standards of quality in all five areas. Many four-star programs are also nationally accredited.
Five-star programs are outstanding in all five areas. Many five-star programs are also nationally accredited.
Find Child Care
Find out about a child care provider's STARS status, accreditation, and more by:
Click here to download the STARS: Information for Parents and Programs brochure.
If you have general questions about STARS, please contact CDD at 1-800-649-2642. Press "0" to get the receptionist and ask to speak to someone about STARS.