Keystone Stars

 

KEYSTONE STARS

Improving child care quality through...
Standards
Training/Professional Development
Assistance
Resources and
Support

Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundation for the program. The Performance Standards are grouped into four levels:

STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, STAR 4

Each level builds on the previous level and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

STARS Enrollment Calculation Tools
Enrollment Calculation Tools Instructions
Enrollment Calculation Tools Instructions for Centers and Groups
Enrollment Calculation Tools Instructions for Family Providers

STARS Standards

Program Manual
Keystone STARS Quality Add-on Rates and Grants-Awards Structure


Providing financial supports to providers serving children who are vulnerable and at risk is one strategy implemented by OCDEL to promote continuous quality improvement. All award funds are contingent upon the availability of state funds. Note: Applications may be denied if they are not complete or the instructions have not been followed. For any questions regarding the completion and submission of the Merit or ERA Award request, please contact your Quality Coach/Specialist.

The Merit Award includes expenses relating to Equipment and Supplies/Materials, Professional Development, Accreditation Costs, Staff Benefits, and Other Expenses. It is recommended that all programs applying for and receiving a Merit Award analyze their existing technology and use these funds to develop or enhance computer and internet access as necessary.  

The ERA Request contains staff-specific awards for highly qualified owner/operators and teaching staff. 

Please read the instructions to determine your eligibility for these awards. Not all providers are eligible for all awards.

Grant Award Structure

Best Practices in STARS Award Spending

ERA Request - Centers/Groups

ERA Request - Family Providers

ERA Request  Workbook

Merit Request - Centers/Groups

Merit Request - Family Providers

Merit Request Workbook

   

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