Alabama Quality STARS, Alabama’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), is part of a national systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs.
Why should programs participate in Alabama Quality STARS?
- To identify a program as being above state minimum requirements
- To showcase a programs’ commitment to higher quality
- To increase parent and public awareness of a program’s quality
- To receive program enhancement support and resources
- To have priority consideration for training and educational scholarships
- To make connections with agencies and organizations that provide services to achieve higher quality
What is the Alabama Quality STARS process?
- Program directors will attend Orientation Sessions
- Applications will be submitted with supporting documentation of desired STAR ratings
- Assessment visits will be scheduled
- STAR ratings will be awarded and are valid for 36 months
Learn about STARS Standards
The STARS Standards represent an early care and education program’s quality above state minimum requirements. Alabama Quality STARS is a five STAR “building block” system. Programs must meet all standards at a STAR level before moving to the next level. The Standards are based on four components:
- Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
- Management and Administrative Practices
- Learning Environment and Curriculum
- Family Involvement and Community Partnerships