Keystone STARS

Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

 The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundation for the program.  The Performance Standards are grouped into four levels: STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4.

Each level builds on the previous level and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

Keystone STARS is managed through a partnership of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania and Regional Keys.

STARS Enrollment

Keystone STARS is a voluntary program and open to any Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare certified or registered day care. CLICK HERE to download the Keystone STARS Enrollment Application.

STARS Standards

The FY16 Keystone STARS Performance Standards define quality and outline the expectations for meeting each STAR level. Keystone STARS Specialists work with providers to assess how the standards are met now and how enhancement can be made to move up a STAR level.To read the STARS Standards click on the following links:

STARS worksheets

Providers use the FY16 Keystone STARS worksheets to document progress with the Performance Standards.

To download the STARS worksheets click on the following links:

Center Facilities:

Family Child Care Facilities:

Group Facilities:

School Age Programs:

Head Start Programs:


Questions regarding the STARS Performance Standards or the worksheets can be directed to the STARS Specialists. Click here to view the STARS Specialist contacts.

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