Centers and Family and Group Child Care Homes 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 programs 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 assessments will be used to determine the level at which the STARS Standards are met. In Centers, the Program Administration Scale (PAS) will be used to assess administrative practices, and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) for preschool aged children and the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) for infants and toddlers will be used to assess the environment. In Family and Group Child Care Homes, the Business Administration Scale (BAS) will be used to assess administrative practices and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale – Revised (FCCERS-R) will be used to assess the environment.
The assessments will take from 3 to 4 hours.
Contact the Alabama Quality STARS staff to attend an orientation session.
The Alabama Quality STARS staff at 1-205-348-1315 or toll free at 1-844-883-STAR (7827) or alabamaqualitystars@ua.edu.
On our Find a STAR Rated Program page, we have an interactive map that is updated regularly. Click here to find a STAR Rated Program near you.