The QUALITYstarsNY standards were developed using information from New York State regulations for child care and prekindergarten, New York City regulations, Head Start Program Performance Standards, assessment tools such as the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Environment Rating Scales (ERS), accreditations standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), National Afterschool Association (NAA) among other standards. Center-based and family-based programs are different; thus there are a set of standards for center-based programs and a set for family-based programs.
Regardless of program setting, QUALITYstarsNY has five rating levels and four categories of standards. The four standards categories are: Learning Environment; Family Engagement; Qualifications and Experience; and Leadership and Management.
Each category section begins with a statement of rationale describing briefly the strength of the evidence for the relationship of that category to program quality and to child outcomes.