Look for the STARS Requirements
Licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes are required to meet basic licensing regulations to receive a license through the Children, Youth and Families Department.
For additional STARS, programs are required to meet higher quality standards in the following areas:
A program must apply to Child Care Licensing for a higher STAR level license. The program's STAR level will then be verified based on quality criteria in the New Mexico Essential Elements of Quality.
In order to achieve a higher STAR Level License, a facility must meet all of the STAR level Essential Elements for the level being applied for. The program must continue to maintain basic licensing requirements.
As a program's STAR level increases, reimbursement for children receiving subsidies from Child Care Assistance increases.
All programs will have their STAR level verified at their annual licensing visit based on current criteria.
A 5-STAR license, indicating the highest level of quality, means that the program is nationally accredited.