STAR level 1
- A full DPW Child Care Certificate of Compliance or Registration for a year.
- A plan to increase early care and education professional development and training for the staff.
- Increased staff communication via team meetings.
- A completed self-assessment on quality items in the environment.
STAR level 2
- Director and staff must receive at least three to six hours more annual professional development and training than DPW regulations require.
- One-third of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
- Learning materials such as books, blocks, puzzles, music, and art supplies are available for some of the day.
- The facility has a budget and provides at least one benefit to staff.
- Some involvement of parents in the program.
- A plan to address needs found in a standardized self-assessment of the program.
STAR level 3
- Even more professional development and training hours than STAR 2 requires.
- Half of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
- Learning materials are available for a large part of the day.
- Literacy activities, including reading to children, storytelling, and encouraging written and verbal communication take place often during the day.
- Increased parental involvement.
- Written policies and procedures.
- Implementation of a financial system, increased staff compensation, and benefits.
STAR level 4
- Even more professional development and training hours than STAR 3 requires.
- Two-thirds of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
- Activities designed to encourage communication, both written and verbal, occur naturally in the day.
- Parental and community resources are used effectively in the delivery of quality child care.
- Business, organizational, and staff compensation practices are maximized.
- A review of the facility by a nationally recognized environmental rating scale that indicates a high-quality score.