Early childhood education is increasingly being cited as one of the most important factors in a child’s future success. 75% of a child’s brain development and 85% of intellect, personality, and social skills are developed by age five. And, several studies, most notably the High Scope Perry Preschool Project, estimate that every dollar invested in early childhood education returns over seven dollars by the time a child turns 19.

One method that has been used in other states to improve the quality of early care and learning programs offered is implementation of a quality rating and improvement system, or “QRIS.” More than 20 states have already implemented similar¬†initiatives¬†with great success.

Here in New York, a new system called QUALITYstarsNY has just completed an initial field test in 200 early learning programs across the state. QUALITYstarsNY is a system that rates early care and learning programs, and also provides those programs with the programmatic and financial assistance they need to improve.

Because of the instrumental role that early learning programs play in developing our kids’ minds to prepare them for college and successful careers, it is important to ensure that the program they attend are meeting certain requirements.

QUALITYstarsNY is a straightforward rating system that evaluates early childhood programs on a five-star scale. By holding these programs to strict guidelines, parents will be able to rest assured their children are not left behind and remain on a level playing field with other students across the state.

Watch this new video about the program that we produced along with our friends at WinningBeginningNY:


Want to learn more? Here are three fact sheets you can download (click the title to download a PDF).