Apply to STARS

STEP ONE: Select the application for your type of program. The 2010 application will result in a STARS Certificate that will be in effect for 3 years.

STEP TWO: Review the application making sure you have selected the right one for your program. Each of the five “arenas of action” (Regulatory History, Staff Qualifications, Program Practices, Families and Community, Administration) has a three column grid to help you understand what you need to do. The columns are:

  1. The actual words from the legislatively approved STARS rule
  2. Guidance on what the rule requires
  3. Little boxes that you can check. Each box describes what you need to send in with the application. If you check a box, it means that you have included this information with the application.

STEP THREE: 1) print and fill in the application by hand; OR 2) if you have a recent version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download the application to your computer, fill it out online, and then print it. In both (1 or 2) be sure to notice where your signature is required.

Programs that are new to STARS and would like to achieve one or two stars may use the STARS Easy Application. To view the applications click here.

Registered Family Child Care Program STARS Application [Word version - this document may print out differently depending on the version of Word and the printer used]

Registered Family Child Care Program STARS Application [PDF version  - this document will print out well, but can not be typed into]

This application is only for registered providers.

Early Childhood Licensed Program STARS Application [Word version - this document may print out differently depending on the version of Word and the printer used]

Early Childhood Licensed Program STARS Application [PDF version  - this document will print out well, but can not be typed into]

This application is only for licensed programs, and includes a variety of settings and ages served. For example: licensed early childhood programs; licensed home child care programs, preschool (PreK) programs; non-recurring child care programs (i.e. child care at ski resorts); Head Start and Early Head Start programs and multi-age centers.

Afterschool Licensed Program STARS Application [Word version - this document may print out differently depending on the version of Word and the printer used]

Afterschool Licensed Program STARS Application [PDF version  - this document will print out well, but can not be typed into]

This application is only for licensed afterschool programs, these are programs that are only licensed to provide care for children kindergarten age and up. This could include: licensed summer camps; licensed recreation programs; licensed afterschool programs in public and private school; and other types of programs that are only licensed to care for school age children.
Streamlined STARS Application for NAEYC Accredited Programs This application is only for licensed program that have achieved NAEYC accreditation. (The application for NAFCC accredited programs is currently in the development process.)
STARS Annual Report Form

This form is for use by programs that have achieved their star level by using the 2010 STARS application and that are in year 2 or 3 of their STARS Certificate period.

It is important to maintain the standards related to the star level your program has achieved.

This report form is a way to affirm that you are maintaining the standards related to your star level. It is also an opportunity to reflect changes in your program.

 

If You Need Assistance...

The Child Development Division (CDD) contracts with Mary Johnson Children’s Center for the work of STARS coordinators who provide technical assistance to STARS applicants and who review the applications and determine star level.

If you have any questions about STARS or the application process, contact the STARS coordinators, (LouAnn Beninati or Johanna Vaczy), at (802) 398-2037 or STARS@mjccvt.org.

They can explain the STARS application process, clarify what you need to include with your application, and help you locate resources (e.g., parent surveys and program assessments).

Once you have received a star level, you will have continued access to their technical assistance.

Helpful Hints

  • When you look over the materials, remember that STARS is meant to recognize where you are right now and allow you to grow in the future.
  • When looking at how many points you can earn, start with the 1 point level. If you have done those things, move to the 2 point level, then 3, and so on.
  • If you have not been visited by a licensing specialist in the last two years (from the month you apply to STARS), a visit can be arranged. Let the STARS coordinators know if you need this and they will contact CDD licensing about this need
  • If there is a STARS information presentation in your area, please try to attend. Many providers have found it useful to attend one of these sessions to go over program details and the application process.
  • If you have questions about STARS and Public Preschool School partnership requirements (as per the recent Pre-K legislative action) or national accreditation articulations with STARS or quality Head Start Program articulation with STARS, contact the STARS coordinators.