QUALITYstarsNY uses a point system to determine a site's rating. Programs obtain points in four categories: (1) Learning Environment; (2) Family Engagement; (3) Staff Qualifications and Experience; and (4) Management and Leadership. Points are based on program practices and achievements that they are able to verify with supporting documentation. The number of points a program is able to earn also depends on the specific population of children that the site serves.
In order to earn more than one star, at least 10% of a site's total points must be earned in each Standard category. The maximum percentages of points that can be earned in each category are:
Qualifications and Experience:
Leadership and Management: