Alabama Quality STARS Bonus

An Alabama Quality STARS Bonus is awarded to centers and homes for their initial STAR Rating. The bonus amount for centers depends on the STAR Level achieved and the licensed child capacity of the center or max number of children allowed if the center cannot be licensed. The bonus amount for homes depends on the STAR Level achieved. Centers and homes that increase their STAR Rating will receive an Alabama Quality STARS Bonus for the higher STAR Level they achieve. An Alabama Quality STARS Bonus is also awarded to STAR Rated centers and homes upon successful completion of their Annual Review that occurs each year on or near their STAR rating anniversary.

Effective as of October 1, 2018.*

Alabama Quality STARS Bonus Center Incentive Schedule*

Maximum Child Capacity 1 STAR 2 STARS 3 STARS 4 STARS 5 STARS
Up to 50 $800 $1,100 $1,400 $1,700 $2,000
51-99 $1,000 $1,300 $1,600 $1,900 $2,200
Over 100 $1,200 $1,500 $1,800 $2,100 $2,400


Alabama Quality STARS Bonus Home Incentive Schedule

1
STAR
2
STARS
3
STARS
4
STARS
5
STARS
Group Child Care Home $300 $500 $700 $1,000 $1,300
Family Child Care Home $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,100

Tiered Reimbursement in the Child Care Subsidy Program

Centers and homes that participate in the Child Care Subsidy Program will receive a 2% to 10% increase in their reimbursement rate based on the STAR Level achieved. Centers and homes that increase their STAR Rating will receive an increased reimbursement rate for the higher STAR level achieved.

Child Care Subsidy Program Incentive Schedule

STAR Rating Reimbursement Rate
1 STAR 2% increase from base rate
2 STARS 4% increase from base rate
3 STARS 6% increase from base rate
4 STARS 8% increase from base rate
5 STARS 10% increase from base rate