STARS Program


The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals. The Early Childhood Services Bureau has enjoyed watching the program grow and develop with the input from the various stakeholders, and has listened carefully to early childhood professionals, parents, and national experts to provide a strong program, desired by many.

Parent and Child


• Workforce Development

• Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

• Infrastructure to administer the programs, provide training, coaching, and technical assistance, and to validate the STARS system


What is coaching? Coaching is a collaborative process that uses goal setting, observation, reflection, and feedback to increase the use of effective practices.

Coaching can support:

• Program choice

• The implementation of Pyramid Model Practices

• Individual instruction and behavior plans

• Practices found in the Environmental Rating Scalel-3 tools

• Practices learned in STARS to Quality trainings

• Instructional leadership skills and engage in the coaching process

• Other researched-based practices

Contact our Coach Ashlee at or 406.756.1414 ext. *219

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We are excited to announce that STARS is accepting applications! Applications will be reviewed as received. Programs will either be accepted if eligible or placed on a waiting list. Click on the button below to read the news from the Early Childhood Services Bureau and access the online application.

Or Contact Sabrina, STARS Specialist at or 406.756.1414 ext *211