PA Keystone STARS
Early learning programs participating in Keystone STARS can earn a quality rating score from a STAR 1 to a STAR 4. At each level, programs must meet certain quality standards in four key areas: staff education, learning environment, leadership/management, and family/community partnerships. The higher the STAR level, the higher the quality standards.
Keystone STARS helps families find quality early learning for their children. Keystone STARS programs meet quality standards on teacher qualifications, classroom and learning activities, family relations, and program management. The higher the STAR level, the higher the quality.
What to expect at a STAR 4 Program...
At least half of lead teachers have a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, all have at least an Associate's degree.
Teachers hold a meeting with families when a child enrolls, provide daily updates and hold at least two teacher conference to share child's progress each year.
Teachers assess children's development three times a year, the first within 45 days of enrollment.
Teachers use the PA Early Learning Standards to develop curriculum and assessment.
Programs receive independent evaluation of their classroom setup and learning activities using a standardized tool (Environment Rating Scale).
Teachers will meet with each family to make the child's transition to kindergarten easier.
Staff receive at least four employee benefits, such as health insurance, which helps reduce staff turnover.
Staff complete continuing education each year.