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Parents & Families

Center-Based Care Three-Star

Child care centers must complete all standards for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Administrator Requirements

Accrues at least 135 clock hours of education and/or training in child development/early education and administration.

Completes 25 clock hours or more each year of additional training in child development/ early education and administration.

Completes a self-assessment of the program’s support for families.

Tries new ideas to strengthen partnerships with families.

Staff Requirements

Accrues 15-45 clock hours or more of training in child development/early education.

Completes at least 25 clock hours of additional training each year.

Maintains a portfolio for each child that shows the child’s progress over time.

  • A portfolio often includes samples of the child’s work, photographs and staff notes about the child’s activities.

Facility Requirements

Meets or exceeds a designated score on a rating of administrative quality.

Meets or exceeds a designated score on a rating of classroom quality.

Provides at least three interest centers in each classroom.

  • Interest centers focus on a particular type of play and learning, such as blocks, art, books or pretend play.

Develops a current written curriculum plan and daily activities that include learning goals.

  • A curriculum plan gives direction to planning and activities for all classes.
  • Daily activities in each class are planned to support the child’s learning and development.

Shares with families information on nutrition and physical activity for children.