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Quality Child Care

A Keystone STARS facility:

  • provides a Department of Human Services Certificate of Compliance for Centers or registration for Family Day Care Homes at each center;
  • is a comfortable place where your child can explore and learn;
  • offers laughing, reading, and talking to help your child build good language skills;
  • hires teachers who continually learn new ways to help your child succeed;
  • is a safe, healthy and exciting place;
  • offers music, art, science, and play activities that increase school readiness;
  • provides an environment where you child will feel good about him/herself;
  • encourages family involvement;
  • provides teachers who listen to children and parents; and
  • offers children the opportunity to have fun together while being respectful of each other.
Keystone STARS is a quality rating system. It has four STAR levels, as noted in the chart below. Each STAR designation has its own research-based performance standards.


Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a coordinated statewide campaign to raise awareness about the value of quality early learning for all of our young children and build responsibility among every Pennsylvanian for the early learning of the young children in their lives.

Click here for more information and to visit the Pennsylvania Promise for Children Web site.


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