Frequently Asked Questions

Centers that are licensed by and in good standing with the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) are eligible to participate in Alabama Quality STARS. Centers that cannot be licensed by DHR, such as military, public schools, Alabama Community College System and university, Tribal, etc., are also eligible to participate in Alabama Quality STARS.
Licensed centers are not required to participate in Alabama quality STARS. Participation is voluntary.
There are no fees or charges to participate in Alabama Quality STARS. Costs that programs may incur include travel to Orientation Sessions, time spent conducting self-assessments of programs, and improvements made to programs to meet the standards at the desired STAR rating levels.
The Alabama Quality STARS assessment will be used to determine the level at which the STARS Standards are met. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) will be used to assess administrative practices in the program. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) for children 2½ to 5 years of age and the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ITERS-R) for children birth to 2½ years of age will be used to assess the environment, including space, programmatic, and interpersonal features that directly affect the children and adults in the early care and education settings.
The assessments will take from 3 to 4 hours.
Orientation Sessions will be held across the state that center/program directors can register to attend. Alabama Quality STARS staff can be reached at 205-348-1315 or 1-844-883-STAR (7827).