STARS (STep Ahead Recognition System)

STARS Information for Providers

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.

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What STARS Means To You

You can look to STARS as an opportunity to look at your program objectively and use child care quality indicators to identify strengths and areas for improvement. The primary incentive for participating in STARS is local and statewide recognition of your program's achievements. Other incentives include community awards and financial rewards (e.g., higher reimbursement on the child care financial assistance fee scale). Follow the link below for more information.

STARS Meaning


If you are a STARS provider, you can add the STARS logo below to your website:

  STARS logo

PC – Right-click on the image and select "Save Image As..."
Mac – Click and hold on the image until context menu appears. Select "Save Image As..."

To link to the STARS site: after inserting the image on the appropriate page, link the image to

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Benefits for Providers

Contact STARS

Technical Assistance:

If you have any questions about the application process or need technical assistance, contact Tierney O'Meara-Borah and/or Johanna Vaczy, STARS Coordinators, at (802) 398-2037 or

General Questions About STARS:

If you have general questions about STARS, please contact:

Jan Walker
CDD, Workforce Development Director
(802) 769-6426

Linda Clark
CDD, Admin. Assistant
(802) 769-6138

If you prefer to call toll free, contact the Child Development Division at 1-800-649-2642, Option 8.

Child Development Division

Deputy Commissioner Reeva Murphy
DCF - Child Development Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642
Fax: (802) 241-0846