a winning beginning for all our children
Check out the NEW QUALITYstarsNY brochure!
Getting New York State's Children Ready for Kindergarten and College
From Winning Beginning NY
QUALITYstarsNY (QSNY) is a voluntary five-star "rating system" much like those used for
hotels and restaurants, with the number of stars indicating the quality of an early care
and learning program. The stars are awarded according to research-based, uniform standards.
The ultimate goal is to increase the number of high-quality programs in New York State to
better prepare children for success in school and beyond. QUALITYstarsNY is still in the planning
About 75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills develop before
age five, and high-quality early learning programs can boost children's skills. Research shows
children with access to high-quality learning have twice the vocabulary, better social
skills, and are better able to follow directions--key skills for success in school.
The potential benefits for QSNY are enormous. The rating system offers a clear, organized,
cost effective way to assess, improve and communicate the quality of New York State's early
care and learning programs. QSNY will benefit:
CHILDREN: by creating stronger learning environments, rooted in proven research techniques
PARENTS: by helping them become savvy consumers in choosing high-quality early care and learning programs
EARLY CARE AND LEARNING FIELD: by offering a roadmap and support to improve the quality of services
POLICYMAKERS: by instituting proven, research-based uniform tools to guide more efficient and effective
use of resources to support early care and learning services
TAXPAYERS AND DONORS: by establishing accountability and a cost-effective system that maximizes the
state's limited education funding