The New Hybrid Rating Structure

The former STARS For KIDS NOW rating system used a building block system for ratings meaning that a program must meet all the requirements at one level before moving up to the next level.

In a points system, a program can earn points in certain categories, with the total of points determining the rating level of the program.

With Kentucky All STARS, we are using a hybrid system, which includes both building blocks on Levels 1 and 2 and points for Levels 3, 4, and 5. On the expanded five-star scale, STARS level 1 is obtained by meeting regulatory requirements. STARS level 2 is obtained by meeting a set of required standards. Programs can achieve All STARS levels 3 through 5 by implementing optional standards for quality practice.

The Kentucky All Stars Hybrid system is shown here in a graphic. The Level 1 and 2 requirements are in green, and levels 3-5 are in purple. The requirements will be gone over in detail in the topics that follow.

The Race to the Top Grant has given Kentucky the opportunity to enhance the current quality rating system and expand to include all early care and education settings who receive federal funding.