Alabama Quality STARS Bonus

An Alabama Quality STARS Bonus is awarded to centers for their initial STAR Rating. The bonus amount 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. Centers 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 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 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

Tiered Reimbursement in the Child Care Subsidy Program

Centers 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 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