Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS, is one of the most mature systems in the country to improve quality in child care and early learning programs.

In 2017, The Keystone STARS Think Tank Team, in partnership with thousands of stakeholders, developed principles to guide the STARS revision process. During the 2017-18 program year, the Office of Child Development  and Early Learning (OCDEL) refined Keystone STARS so that it is more  efficient for providers to participate and more effective at improving child outcomes.

Beginning July 1, 2018, the new Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual are available. For more information on updates to the program, listen to the Keystone STARS July 2018 Update webinar below! This brief presentation covers changes to the  Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Indicators, Alternate Pathways to STARS Designation, and Program Quality Assessment.
More resources have also been posted on the Keystone STARS Resource page of the PA Key website.
For questions or comments, please contact OCDEL at