STARS is Vermont’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs.
Participation in STARS means that a program is striving beyond licensing regulations to meet higher quality standards, uphold professional practices, and commit to continuous quality improvement.
On July 1, 2023, the Child Development Division (CDD) launched a revision to Vermont’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS), known as STARS.
The revised model reflects the unique culture and identity of quality practices in Vermont’s early childhood and afterschool programs and offers equitable opportunities for programs and providers to participate. The system focuses Vermont’s efforts more closely on positive outcomes for children, engagement of families, and support of our early childhood and afterschool programs.
A pilot period has been extended past the first year of the STARS revision and will now end on June 30, 2025. The pilot period allows programs to become familiar with the new system and for CDD to test new materials and processes.
Participating programs will maintain their current STARS levels during the pilot period. The STARS Team will contact programs due to renew their STARS certificates to offer training and guidance, and to introduce new resources.
New Round of Live Training Sessions
See the chart for session dates and links to register. The live sessions count towards professional development hours as required by Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations.
Training videos on YouTube (Subscribe to our Channel):
- STARS - An Overview of the New Model
- STARS CQI Plan - An Introduction
- Overview, Elements of Quality and Standards
- Level 2 Self Study and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Plan
- Level 3 Early Implementation
- Level 4 and 5 Moving Toward Full Implementation of Best Practice
- Completing the STARS Application
Tools & Resources
STARS Guidance Manual (PDF) - The manual is a living document that will be updated frequently during the pilot period.
STARS CQI Plan Template (PDF)
STARS FAQs (PDF)
New program supports are now available! CDD and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) have launched the System for Program Access to Resources for Quality Supports (SPARQS) to help guide programs through the new revision and to build and execute their plans for quality improvement.