STARS Program

WHAT IS STARS?

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

STARS HAS SEVERAL COMPONENTS

• 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

STARS COACHING

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

STARS 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 Jennifer, STARS Coach at jens@nurturingcenter.org or 406.756.1414 ext. *217

STARS logo

APPLY FOR STARS

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 Renee, STARS Consultant at renee@nurturingcenter.org or 406.756.1414 ext *219