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.

Center Standards

  • All staff are enrolled in the Professional Development Registry
  • Director completes Program Administration Scale (PAS), Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) and Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale- Revised (ITERS-R) Basic Training
  • Posts a developmentally appropriate daily schedule in each classroom/program area, which includes a minimum of 60 minutes of vigorous active play
  • Completes the Alabama Quality STARS Self-Assessment Checklist
  • Shares information on child development and children’s health with families annually

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 ECERS-R 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

Home Standards

  • Home staff required to have annual training in the Minimum Standards are enrolled in theAlabama Pathways Professional Development Registry
  • Home Licensee completes Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) and Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS) basic training
  • Posts a developmentally appropriate daily schedule in the program area that includes a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous active play and physical activities indoors and outdoors
  • Completes the Alabama Quality STARS Self-Assessment Checklistfor Homes
  • Shares information on child development and children’s health with parents/families annually

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

  • Home Licensee meets Level One (Alabama Early Learning Guidelines (AELG) Credential) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Has a written annual budget for the business
  • Completes a program review by a trained BAS assessor
  • Posts a developmentally appropriate lesson plan in the program area that includes weekly nutritional activities
  • Completes a program review by a trained FCCERS assessor and shares results with Home staff
  • Shares information with parents/families regarding the importance of having a primary health care provider for children

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

  • Home Licensee meets Level Two (Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential) or higher and Group Home Assistant meets Level One (AELG Credential) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Home Staff obtain four (4) clock hours of training above the Minimum Standards required annual training hours from an outside source
  • Completes a program review by a trained and reliable BAS assessor
  • Scores 2.5 or higher on the BAS
  • Utilizes a developmentally appropriate curriculum*
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate child assessment on each child at least two (2) times a year
  • Completes a program review by a trained and reliable FCCERS assessor
  • Scores 2.5 or higher on the FCCERS
  • Holds at least two (2) parent/family – teacher conferences annually
  • Holds a parent/family orientation to include program philosophy, goals, objectives, and expectations

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

  • Home Licensee meets Level Two (CDA) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Scores 3.5 or higher on the BAS
  • Maintains a portfolio for each child that includes at least two (2) types of documentation of children’s development and learning
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate child assessment on each child at least two (2) times a year and uses results to inform curriculum planning
  • Scores 3.5 or higher on the FCCERS
  • Conducts an annual written parent/family survey that is available to all parents/families
  • Has a parent/family resource area that addresses the needs and interests of the parents/families being served

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

  • Home Licensee meets Level Three (Short Term Certificate(s) with 18 hours of child development/early care and education specific credits) or higher on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice
  • Scores 4.5 or higher on the BAS
  • Completes a developmentally appropriate child assessment on each child three (3) times a year and aggregates data into a written report that documents child outcomes and shares information with parents/families
  • Scores 4.5 or higher on the FCCERS
  • Utilizes results from annual parent/family survey to improve programmatic outcomes
  • Has a written parent/family engagement plan