STARS Standards

 
 
 
 
 

The early care and education programs that participate in Alabama Quality STARS will receive a STAR rating symbolizing their commitment to quality. The standards that must be met to achieve a STAR rating are listed below.

Must meet all requirements for 1 and 2 STAR rating to qualify.

  • At least one teacher in each classroom meets Level One (AELG Credential) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Has a written annual budget
  • Completes a program review by a trained PAS assessor
  • Posts a developmentally appropriate lesson plan in each classroom/program area, which includes weekly nutritional activities
  • Completes a program review by a trained ECERS-R assessor and trained ITERS-R assessor and shares results with program staff
  • Shares information with families regarding the importance of having a primary healthcare provider for children

Must meet all requirements for 1, 2, and 3 STAR rating to qualify.

  • At least 50% of classrooms have a teacher that meets Level Two (CDA) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • All staff obtain four clock hours of training above the Minimum Standards required annual training from an outside source
  • Completes a program review by a trained and reliable PAS assessor
  • Scores 2.5 or higher on the PAS
  • Utilizes a developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate curriculum child assessment on each child at least twice annually
  • Completes a program review by trained ECERS-R assessor and trained and reliable ITERS-R assessor
  • Scores 2.5 for 1/3 of classrooms on the ECERS-R and 1/3 of classrooms on the ITERS-R
  • Holds at least two parent teacher conferences annually
  • Holds a parent orientation to include program philosophy, goals, objectives, and expectations

Must meet all requirements for 1, 2, 3, and 4 STAR rating to qualify.

  • At least one teacher in each classroom meets Level Two (CDA) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Developmental Lattice
  • Scores 3.5 or higher on the PAS
  • Maintains a portfolio for each child, which includes progress such as art work, work samples, photographs, and informal assessments such as developmental checklists, anecdotal notes, or progress notes
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate child assessment on each child at least twice annually, and uses results to inform curriculum planning
  • Meets Level Four staff/child ratio and group size
  • Scores 3.5 for higher 1/3 of classrooms ECERS-R and 1/3 of classrooms on the ITERS-R
  • Conducts an annual written parent survey that is available to all families
  • Has a parent resource area that addresses the need and interests of the families served

Must meet all requirements for 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 STAR rating to qualify.

  • At least 50% of the classrooms have a teacher that meets Level Three (Child Development Short-term Certificate) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Scores 4.5 or higher on the PAS
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate child assessment on each child three times annually and aggregates data into a written report that documents child outcomes and shares information with families
  • Meets Level Five staff/child ratio and group size
  • Scores 4.5 or higher for 1/2 of classrooms on the ECERSR and 1/2 of classrooms on the ITERS-R
  • Utilizes results from annual parent survey to improve programmatic outcomes
  • Has a written parent engagement plan