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Shining Stars Childcare is a Keystone Stars, Star Two Facility, working toward our Third Star.

What are Keystone Stars?

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 standards for the program. The Performance Standards are grounded in four levels:
STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3 AND 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, leadership and management.
Keystone STARS is managed through a partnership of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Pennsylvania and Regional Keys.

  • A STAR 1 has to meet research-based standards for program quality. For example, a STAR 1 must develop a handbook, hold a family conference and complete a self-assessment of the classroom and learning environment.
  • A STAR 2 has to meet higher research-based standards for program quality. For example, at least one-half of lead teachers in STAR 2 centers and child care homes must have an Associates Degree in early childhood education.
  • A STAR 3 has to meet greater research-based standards for program quality. For example, all lead teachers in STAR 3 centers and child care homes must have an Associates Degree in early childhood education.
  • A STAR 4 has to meat greater research-based standards for program quality. For example, at least half of the lead teachers in STAR 4 centers and child care homes must have a Bachelor’s Degree in childhood education.

    For more info about Keystone Stars, please visit www.PAKeys.org

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