Description of Star Ratings

Quality Counts rates the quality of preschool and child care programs on a scale of 1 to 5. The following is a brief description of the ratings.


1 Star Rating

These programs have met licensing requirements for health and safety and are committed to improving their quality.

2 Star Rating

These programs are recognized as committed to quality and are actively working to improve their program.

Child care and preschool programs rated at Levels 3, 4, or 5 are recognized as having achieved “High Quality.”

3 Star Rating

These programs are achieving quality and committed to excellence. They have surpassed the basic quality standards and are considered “High Quality”.

4 Star Rating

These programs are exceeding in quality and have well surpassed the basic quality standards.

5 Star Rating

These programs are excelling in quality and have reached the top level of quality within our community. In order to achieve a 5 star rating a program needs to be Accredited.