Alabama Quality STARS Payment Schedules

The following incentive schedules will go into effect beginning October 1, 2021. Programs that meet the criteria will receive a one-time payment annually from the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).

According to the recently revised Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards, licensed centers and homes meet the criteria for a one (1) star rating in Alabama Quality STARS. There are no additional requirements for a STAR 1 Rating. Programs who opted out of the STARs program will not receive the STAR 1 incentive. The incentive amounts below for STAR 1 are for programs due for relicensing after October 1, 2021.

Programs who apply for STAR 2 and higher under the new program will receive the amounts below upon receiving their new STAR rating.

Direct all other questions regarding the incentive schedule or subsidy schedule to the Alabama Department of Human Resources at quality.enhancement@dhr.alabama.gov.

Alabama Quality STARS Bonus Incentive Schedule- Centers

Maximum Child CapacitySTAR 1STAR 2STAR 3STAR 4STAR 5
Up to 50$9000$13,500$20,250$30, 375$45,575
51-99$12,000$18,000$27,000$40,500$60,750
Over 100$16,000$24,000$36,000$54,000$81,000
According to the recently revised Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards, licensed centers and homes meet the criteria for a one (1) star rating in Alabama Quality STARS. There are no additional requirements for a STAR 1 Rating. Programs who opted out of the STARs program will not receive the STAR 1 incentive. The incentive amounts above for STAR 1 are for programs due for relicensing after October 1, 2021.

Alabama Quality STARS Bonus Incentive Schedule- Homes

STAR 1STAR 2STAR 3STAR 4STAR 5
Group Child Care Home$3,000$5,500$7,750$11,000$14,300
Family Child Care Home$2,200$4,400$6,600$8,000$12,100
According to the recently revised Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards, licensed centers and homes meet the criteria for a one (1) star rating in Alabama Quality STARS. There are no additional requirements for a STAR 1 Rating. Programs who opted out of the STARs program will not receive the STAR 1 incentive. The incentive amounts above for STAR 1 are for programs due for relicensing after October 1, 2021.

Subsidy Reimbursement Schedule:

The subsidy reimbursement schedule (separate from above schedule) for currently STAR-rated programs can be found below: