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Is your child’s center…
What is STARS for KIDS NOW?   Kentucky’s voluntary       quality rating    system for Licensed     Type I, Type II and    ...
What is STARS for KIDS NOW?                                             Part of Kentucky’s                                ...
Must all programs be STARS rated?                                         It is a voluntary program, but                  ...
What makes a rating?                    To earn a STARS rating, a program                    must meet the STARS Standards...
ERS ~ Environment Rating ScalesITERS-R      Infant/Toddler Environment      Rating ScaleECERS-R      Early Childhood Envir...
What indicates quality?                    Indicators of quality include                                –Child to Caregive...
What difference does quality make?• Better parent-child  relationships• Greater thinking skills• Better attention skills• ...
How does a STARS      rating indicate quality?Cabinet for Health and Family Services                                      ...
STARS Standards…for ALL STARS             levels   • Parents can participate in family   involvement activities   • Child ...
Child to Caregiver RatiosType I Licensed Facilities      –       Level 1 and 2 … Current Licensing standards      –       ...
Child to Caregiver RatiosType II Licensed Facilities      – Level 1 and 2                  Current Licensing standards; 12...
Child to Caregiver Ratios  Certified Home  Level’s 1 and 2     Current Certification Standards  Level 3     If caring for ...
What do I look for?Cabinet for Health and Family Services                                         14
Staff/Child Ratios and Child CarePosted in public view…                                               License or Certifica...
Posted in EACH                                                                                                       Staff...
Ask to take a tour of the facility…• Be sure to ask yourself…      – Do the children seem happy and        involved?      ...
What do I ask?Cabinet for Health and Family Services                                         18
Sample Questions…      – Is the caregiver trained and        experienced?      – What special training or credentials     ...
Additional sample questions…                                         – Is there a balance of planned                      ...
We have the same goal...       We want Kentucky’s children to experience          the best quality child care possible.   ...
Look for the STARS!                                         Thank you.                     www.starsforkidsnow.comCabinet ...
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Racing for the stars

  1. 1. Is your child’s center…
  2. 2. What is STARS for KIDS NOW? Kentucky’s voluntary quality rating system for Licensed Type I, Type II and Certified Family Child Care HomesCabinet for Health and Family Services 2
  3. 3. What is STARS for KIDS NOW? Part of Kentucky’s Early Childhood InitiativeCabinet for Health and Family Services 3
  4. 4. Must all programs be STARS rated? It is a voluntary program, but there are regulatory requirements. Licensed TYPE I Facilities www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/922/002/170.htm Licensed TYPE II and Certified Homes www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/922/002/210.htmCabinet for Health and Family Services 4
  5. 5. What makes a rating? To earn a STARS rating, a program must meet the STARS Standards for the STARS Level and attain the ERS Score required for that level Standards + ERS = STARS RatingCabinet for Health and Family Services 5
  6. 6. ERS ~ Environment Rating ScalesITERS-R Infant/Toddler Environment Rating ScaleECERS-R Early Childhood Environment Rating ScaleSACERS School-Age Care Environment Rating ScaleFCCERS-R Family Child Care Environment Rating ScaleCabinet for Health and Family Services 6
  7. 7. What indicates quality? Indicators of quality include –Child to Caregiver Ratios –Program Curriculum –Child Care Staff Training –Program Regulatory Compliance –Personnel Policies STARS for KIDS NOW Standards Requirements are based on these indicators.Cabinet for Health and Family Services 7
  8. 8. What difference does quality make?• Better parent-child relationships• Greater thinking skills• Better attention skills• Enhanced academic performance• Better relationships with peersCabinet for Health and Family Services 8
  9. 9. How does a STARS rating indicate quality?Cabinet for Health and Family Services 9
  10. 10. STARS Standards…for ALL STARS levels • Parents can participate in family involvement activities • Child care program owner/director has completed an evaluation of the program using a nationally standardized tool, the ERS (by Harms, Cryer and Clifford) • Center/Program develops annual improvement plan based on previous ERS score/rating • Child care staff are offered the opportunity to participate in Kentucky Early Childhood Development Scholarship to further educationCabinet for Health and Family Services 10
  11. 11. Child to Caregiver RatiosType I Licensed Facilities – Level 1 and 2 … Current Licensing standards – Level 3 Age Ratio Group Size 0-1 1:4 8 1-2 1:5 10 2-3 1:8 16 3-4 1:11 22 4-6 1:12 24 6 -12 1:14 28 – Level 4 Staff/Child ratios consistent with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recommendations (ratios vary according to group size)Cabinet for Health and Family Services 11
  12. 12. Child to Caregiver RatiosType II Licensed Facilities – Level 1 and 2 Current Licensing standards; 12 maximum number of children in care – Level 3 and 4 Age Ratio 0-1 1:4 1-2 1:5 2-3 1:8 3 and older 1:12Cabinet for Health and Family Services 12
  13. 13. Child to Caregiver Ratios Certified Home Level’s 1 and 2 Current Certification Standards Level 3 If caring for six or fewer children, no more than three infants unless an assistant is present. If caring for more than six children, no more than three under the age of 24 months unless an assistant is present. (Includes own and related children.) Level 4 Level 3 restrictions, and maximum capacity of nine. (May care for up to 3 nine own or related children in addition to 6 unrelated children.)Cabinet for Health and Family Services 13
  14. 14. What do I look for?Cabinet for Health and Family Services 14
  15. 15. Staff/Child Ratios and Child CarePosted in public view… License or Certificate Posted in ABC Child Care public area of center Parent’s Corner llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll Staff/child Child Care License Ratios llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll ABC Child Care llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll Llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll llllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lvvvvvvvvvvvvv lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll v lllllllllllllllv llllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll Cabinet for Health and Family Services 15
  16. 16. Posted in EACH Staff/Child Ratios, Program Activities classroom… (Lesson Plan) and Daily Schedule Posted in All Classrooms Parent’s Corner Daily Program Staff/child Schedule Activities Ratios lllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Llllllllllllllllllll Llllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lvv lv lllllllllllllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllxxx lllllllllllllllllllll xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx lllllllllllllllllllll xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx lllllllllllllllllllll xxxxxxxxxx llllllllllllllll Daily Menu lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll l l lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll lllllllllllll l lCabinet for Health and Family Services 16
  17. 17. Ask to take a tour of the facility…• Be sure to ask yourself… – Do the children seem happy and involved? – Is the caregiver warm, friendly, calm and patient with them? – Can children make choices and do things for themselves? – Are the toys right for your child’s age? Are they easy for the children to reach? – Does the caregiver listen to the children when they talk? – Is the facility or home clean, well-lit, cheerful and bright? Look closely and trust yourself!Cabinet for Health and Family Services 17
  18. 18. What do I ask?Cabinet for Health and Family Services 18
  19. 19. Sample Questions… – Is the caregiver trained and experienced? – What special training or credentials does the caregiver have? – How does the program encourage further training for its child care providers? – Can I visit my child’s class at anytime? – Do you welcome parent involvement? If so, how do you do so? – What is your discipline policy and do you have that in written form?Cabinet for Health and Family Services 19
  20. 20. Additional sample questions… – Is there a balance of planned activities? – How long has the caregiver been at the center? – Will my child stay with the same caregiver at least one year? – Is your program accredited? If so, by whom? – Is your program STARS rated? If so, at what level?Cabinet for Health and Family Services 20
  21. 21. We have the same goal... We want Kentucky’s children to experience the best quality child care possible. Every day in a child’s life makes a difference, so choose child care carefully.Cabinet for Health and Family Services 21
  22. 22. Look for the STARS! Thank you. www.starsforkidsnow.comCabinet for Health and Family Services 22

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