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STARS for KIDS NOW is a voluntary quality rating system for licensed and certified early care and education programs in the state of Kentucky. Programs may attain ratings from 1 STAR to 4 STARS, based on meeting quality standards and environmental rating scores. Programs participating in STARS, at any level, are exceeding minimum licensing requirements. By choosing a STARS program, you are choosing a child care provider that: posts activity plans and schedules of your child's day; provides activities for family involvement; participates in an environmental evaluation and improvement process; and most likely offers staff an opportunity to participate in Kentucky's Early Childhood Development Scholarship Program.

Do you need information about STARS for KIDS NOW, Kentucky's voluntary child care quality rating system or Kentucky's Early Childhood Development Scholarships?

Visit the Quality Enhancement Initiative website for information.

For information on upcoming STARS For Kids Now Overview Sessions, please contact your STARS Quality Coordinator:

Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties:  Taylor Tucker, (270) 901-1157 or (800) 790-0990, ext. 11157. You can also e-mail her at

Are you thinking about starting a child care program?

Child care programs are vital to our economy.

They enable parents to go to work while providing loving, learning spaces for children.

To find out if this is the right business for you, check out the potential providers' page for more information on the requirements and qualifications necessary.


PRO-Talk stands for Professional Resource Opportunities. A Listserv is a special e-mail group where messages can be sent from one person to all other persons who subscribe to the group. This communication system encourages rich discussions among peers and serves as a quick way to get a message to the entire group.

Using PRO-Talk will give you an opportunity to share professional ideas, questions, answers, resources, and concerns about early childhood and childcare.

All we need is your name, email address, and a password of your choice.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14