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Licensed Child Care centers and licensed family Child Care homes are required to meet basic licensing regulations to receive a 1-STAR license through the Children, Youth and Families Department.
For additional STARS, programs are required to meet higher quality standards in the following areas:
- Staff Training and Education / Learning Activities
- Well-trained staff raise program quality.
- Appropriate daily learning activities reflect each child's interests, growth and development.
- Environment / Family Involvement
- The environment affects the way children behave.
- Family involvement helps staff make learning meaningful to children.
- Ratios and Group Size Assessment
- Fewer children per adult and smaller groups result in positive outcomes for children.
- Assessment allows staff to observe and document children's progress and share information with parents.
- In order to achieve a higher STAR Level License, a facility must meet all of the STAR Essential Elements for the applied-for level. The program must continue to maintain basic licensing requirements.
- A program must apply to Child Care Licensing for a higher STAR Level License.
- All programs will have their STAR level verified, based on quality criteria in the AIM HIGH Essential Elements at their annual licensing visit based on current criteria.
- As a program's STAR level increases, reimbursement for children receiving subsidies from Child Care Assistance increases.
- A 5-STAR license, means that the program is nationally accredited.
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