Alabama Quality STARS 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/family and public awareness of a program’s quality
  • To receive program enhancement support and resources
  • To receive financial incentives
  • To have priority consideration for training and educational scholarships
  • To make connections with agencies and organizations that provide services to achieve higher quality

  • Center Directors or Home Licensees will contact Alabama Quality STARS to attend an Orientation Session
  • Application packets will be submitted with supporting documentation of desired STAR ratings
  • Program Reviews with applicable assessments will be conducted
  • 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